Record Details

NHER Number:10071
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible medieval manorial site

Summary

A moated enclosure exists here, with parts still filled with water. Documentary research shows it may be the site of Parkes Manor House. Finds from the site include medieval and post medieval pottery sherds, prehistoric flint flakes and a possible core along with a few pieces of building debris.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 1821 9113
Map Sheet:TM19SE
Parish:WACTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Moat.
Information from Ordnance Survey.

26 September 1976 and 29 October 1978.
Medieval sherds found by [1].
Confirmed moat rectangular as on Ordnance Survey.

2 October 1979.
Still in existence; wooded.
E. Rose (NAU).

1979-80. Fieldwalking.
Inside moat, flint flake and ?core, late medieval/transitional sherds and perhaps some earlier.
Outside east arm, fragment of mill stone, lava.
18th century stoneware, 19th-20th century sherds.
Informant [1].
Identified by W. Milligan (NCM) 20 October 1980.
W. Milligan (NCM) 20 October 1980.

List of further fieldwalking finds of same type, probably including above, in file.
Finds held by NCM.
E. Rose (NAU) 1 December 1988.

NAR Records give fuller description of moat than appears on NHER: moat is described as much stronger than others in surrounding area. Also modern alterations to southeast arm. Interior ploughed and light scatter of building debris visible.
M. D. Leah (NAU) 18 December 1990.

Dissertation (in parish file) by source [1] suggest this is site of Parkes Manor House.
E. Rose (NLA) 9 November 1995.

April 2000. Visit.
Northeast arm of moat waterfilled, with slight return to southwest, it is boggy (with good flora including marsh marigolds). Southwest arm berry shaped and dry. Northwest arm wet fringed with old coppiced trees. Depth of moat ranges from approximately 2-5m, width approximate 2-3m. Interior platform some 60m square, planted with 15-20 old deciduous trees, some area of scrub, old plough furrows still visible. Severe disturbance of northeast bank by fox earths.
H. Paterson (NLA) 5 April 2000.

September 2008. Casual Find.
Medieval sherds.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 16 September 2008

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • MILLSTONE (Undated)
  • NAIL (Undated)
  • TEXTILE EQUIPMENT (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • KNIFE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Wacton.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.

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