Record Details

NHER Number:9508
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Hethel Hall


This is the site of Hethel Hall, a house which probably dated to the 17th century or earlier. All that remains of the house today is an E-shaped moat, shown on a map on 1842 to the west of the house. The moat was probably an ornamental garden feature, but its date is uncertain, and it could have been constructed during the medieval or the post medieval periods.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1632 0131
Map Sheet:TG10SE

Full description

Site of Hethel Hall.
Described by Ordnance Survey as 'an ancient mansion' which was destroyed in building the airfield during World War Two.
But [1] says it was Jacobean, demolished in 1950s.
Only small early 19th century cottage remains, with old flint garden wall perhaps part of hall boundary.
Waterfilled moat resembles a letter E, southern arm dry. The space between the centre and northern arms is raised and narrow, probably once a garden.
Remains of brick bridge, now buried, across central arm, portion east of it now filled in. Hall stood south of this, and holes in grass show traces of brick foundations or cellars. Ordnance Survey mark a curving arm of moat on east side here also, but this has gone.
South of south arm of moat concrete foundations, probably wartime buildings.
Ordnance Survey suggest isolated pond to north is part of another moat; it shows no evidence of this, but parallel to drive on east is a bank of substantial size, confirming an outer enclosure here. Within area 1 fragment of ?red brick tracery found.
Visited E. Rose (NAU) 8 November 1978.

Visit by B.Cushion (NLA) June 1999.
The 'curving arm' of moat depicted by Ordnance Survey is in fact the remains of the front drive.
E. Rose (NLA) 4 June 1999.

June 1999. Earthwork Survey.
Survey at 1:1000.
See report (S1) for further details and copy of plan (S2). This survey is also noted in (S3).
B. Cushion (NLA) 6 July 1999.

Monument Types

  • FISHPOND (Undated)
  • GARDEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Map: Drane, W.. 1842. Hethel Tithe award and map.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 10 SE 4 [2].
---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. Bracon Ash.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1999. Bracon Ash Hethel Hall SMR 9508. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S2>Illustration: Cushion, B. 1999. Plan of earthworks at Bracon Ash (Hethel Hall) SMR 9508. Film. 1:1000.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2000. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1999. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt III pp 521-543. p 523.

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