Record Details

NHER Number:9977
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moated enclosure and building remains


This moated site is marked by the Ordnance Survey as the site of St Michael's Chapel. However, the chapel was probably on the adjacent hill making this a domestic site. In 1988, flint building materials were found here and in 1997 a number of building platforms and drainage ditches were noted. Sherds of Roman, Late Saxon and medieval pottery have also been recovered from this area.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 1939 9589
Map Sheet:TM19NE

Full description

Moated site, apparently marked by Ordnance Survey as site of St Michael's Chapel.
R. R. Clarke (NCM) points out that the chapel was probably on the adjacent hill and this site is domestic.

February 1988.
Trenched by Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society.
Flint building material found.

Mrs Addington regards as site of Uphall and Boylands Manor (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 21 February 1983.

December 1997. Earthwork survey at 1:1000 and report combined with NHER 9976.
Moat, probable leat, fish ponds and building platforms, with various drainage ditches.
Pottery identified by A. Rogerson (NLA):
Roman: one base and one body sherd greyware, one body sherd micaceous pale brown with grey exterior.
Late Saxon: one shelly, probably St Neots, body sherd.
Medieval: one base glazed, one ginger jar rim, early medieval unglazed. Four body sherds unglazed.
B. Cushion (NLA), 18 December 1997.

7 November 2007. Excellent condition. Under pasture, some thistles, old trees on edges of island. Highland cattle still present but only disturbance is a track along the outer lip of the west arm. The cattle clearly wallow in the channels. Island is free of disturbance. East arm, and channel leading sway to north, waterfilled. Owner did not take up option of management agreement due to proposed change of ownership.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 November 2007.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Undated)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Undated)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM1995G.
---Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A.. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 104. p 126.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 206.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Tasburgh.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Addington, S. 1982. Landscape and Settlements in South Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVIII Pt II pp 97-139. pp 111-112.

Related records

9976Related to: Undated earthworks and Roman/medieval inhumations, Chapel Meadow Hill (Monument)

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