The moat was formed like nearly all the lakes in the Sandbach/Middlewich area by brine being extracted causing the land to sink therefore forming the lake.
The lake belonged to Foden’s Motor works for a great number of years and at one time there was a pump house at one end of the lake installed by Foden’s to pump water to their factory. It looked nothing like it does today as there were hardly any trees on the roadside, no fences you just parked your vehicle right by the side of the lake.
The Moat many years ago was known for its Pike and most angler’s that fished there went specifically to fish for this species although the lake contained a lot of other species including roach, rudd, perch, tench, bream and gudgeon. In the mid 1950s in keeping with a lot of the local lakes in the area it was stocked with a number of carp from Donald Leney, the famous strain that was stocked in a lot of lakes in the country from about the 1920s including the most famous of all Redmire Pool, some of the fish that still swim in there today are possibly descendants of the original stocking.