Kent Archaeological Review extract

A Medieval Moated Site at Westerham.
by Edna Mynott and Alan Dell.

In February, 1973 the Edenbridge Society and the Kent Unit combined to record Great Brown's Manor, Edenbridge following damage by a bulldozer working on a new golf-course (KAR, number 32 (1973), page 34). As a result of this successful operation the Society and Unit combined again in May, 1974 to record another very similar moated site, at Crockham Grange, formerly Spoat Farm, Westerham (NGR TQ 447 501). The purpose of this short report is to publish aplan and other details for the first time. The work was confined to recording ahead of a suggestion that the site was to be levelled. An assurance, however, has since been received from the owners that this will not now be done.

The site is a fairly well-defined rectangle with its long axis north-south. The enclosed area measures about 48metres by 27 metres which is slightly larger than Great Brown's Manor at Edenbridge. The moat (dry when recorded) is clearly defined on all four sides. It varies in width from 6-12 metres and in depth from about 1-2 metres.

The site is tree-covered and also densely overgrown and no trace of any internal structures was recorded. Grateful thanks are due to Mr R D V Garnett of the National Trust and to Mr E W F Dance the farm-manager, for their co-operation and to Mrs J Adam, Mr P Grant and Mr E Tayler for their help with the actual survey.

DRAWING: Plan of the Medieval Moated Site at Crockham Grange Farm, Westerham, Kent, 1974.

Plan of the Medieval Moated Site at Crockham Grange Farm, Westerham, Kent, 1974.

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