Worlick Moat in Huntingdonshire

The Ground Plan and description of Worlick Moat in Huntingdonshire


Worlick Moat

The moat at Worlick near Ramsey, Huntingdonshire

The moat at Worlick near Ramsey, Huntingdonshire


Worlick, about two miles north of Ramsey, upon one of the islets of the Fens, is a site surrounded by a moat. The enclosure is an irregular quadrangle averaging about 460ft. by 440 FT. The moat is weak at the north-west corner, but in all other parts it is still in good condition, but is dry. On the east and south-east there is a bank outside the moat, and on about half of the north side there is one inside.

On the south-west side, what at first sight appears to be a bank seems really to be a roadway with the moat on one side and a strong ditch on the other. At the west corner of the moat an ancient road entered the enclosure, presumably by a drawbridge, and it can be traced to about the middle of the site, where there is one angle of a plateau with a shallow fosse round it. The most dominating feature of the site is five ancient fish ponds.