Record Details

NHER Number:35050
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible medieval moat

Summary

An earthwork enclosure is visible on aerial photographs, and has been interpreted as a possible medieval moat. However, the origin of the feature is unclear as there are many similar features in the surrounding area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8637 2720
Map Sheet:TF82NE
Parish:HELHOUGHTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

January 1946.
RAF aerial photograph shows small rectangular ditched enclosure with adjacent enclosures and north northeast to south southwest aligned ditched causeway.
Grassland in 1946 but shown as woodland on recent Ordnance Survey maps.
Probably toft (at least) or more likely a farmstead or manorial complex.
H. Paterson (A&E) hopefully to investigate, possible survey if felt justified.
B. Cushion (NLA) 24 January 2000.

March 2000. Visit.
No evidence of ditch like features apparent on aerial photograph.
In east corner several ponds of which 2 could possibly resemble fish ponds. However in conversation with owner, it is apprent that whole area is 'pock marked' with ponds in what was a marshy scrub land. Land was reclaimed and ploughed in 1950s but this area was never productive. Conifers were planted in the 1970s. Some planting is taking place at present. Many old oaks within plantation.
H. Paterson (A&E) 9 March 2000.

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. TF82/ TF8627/E.

Related records - none

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