Record Details

NHER Number:2424
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moat


A moat is marked at this location on an Ordnance Survey map. A visit to the site in 1978 reported that it had been largely filled in but was still visible as a soilmark. The moat is believed to be of medieval date and associated with Manor Farm, which dates to around the 15th or 16th century. It is partly visible on historic aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6199 0960
Map Sheet:TF60NW

Full description

Moat; marked on (S1) as rectangular without west arm.

April 1978.
Ordnance Survey inspector 'PAS' reports that this has been infilled by dumping except for the northeast corner. The remainder is still visible as a soilmark. He believes a depression west of the farmhouse marks the vanished west side. Manor Farm itself he describes as 'possibly 15th to 16th century but not outstanding'. This must be checked.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 February 1980.

For the farmhouse now see NHER 20419.
E. Rose (NAU).

Copy of Ordnance Survey record (S2), and plans (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 9 August 1990.

Survey in file. Ordnance Survey Records.
R.J. Rickett (NAU), 30 April 1990.

February 2008. Norfolk NMP
Earthworks of a medieval moat are visible on aerial photographs (S4-S6). Although largely overgrown, the shape of a moat shown on the Ordnance Survey first edition 6 inch to the mile map (S1) is partly visible on aerial photographs. Only the north, east and south sides of the moat were visible. It is shown on the Runcton Holme Tithe Map (S8) as having a rectangular plan with internal dimensions of 79m by 43m. It is likely that the moat is of medieval date and that it relates to the site of the manor at this location. It is not clearly visible on later aerial photographs and appears to have been partly built over (S7).
J. Albone (NMP), 22 February 2008.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Runcton Holme.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 NW 16.
<S3>Map: Finder's Map..
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 6337-8 27-JUN-1946 (NHER TF 6109A-B).
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1963. RAF 543/2409 (2F21) 13-4 16-SEP-1963 (NMR).
<S6>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1970. OS/70002 34 10-MAR-1970 (NMR).
<S7>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 9743-4 06-AUG-1988 (NCC 1323-4).
<S8>Map: A Map of the Parish of Runcton Holme in the County of Norfolk (tithe map).

Related records

50903Related to: Cropmarks relating to Runcton Holme medieval settlement (Monument)
20419Related to: Manor Farm, Downham Road (Building)
25386Related to: Medieval ridge and furrow (Monument)

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