Record Details

NHER Number:2464
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of West Hall manor

Summary

This is the moated site of the medieval manor West Hall, but only part of the moat survives.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6125 0161
Map Sheet:TF60SW
Parish:DENVER, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Moat (Ordnance Survey).
The northern side of the moat as represented on (S1) still remains in a ploughed field, dry and overgrown, about 2.1m deep and 4.5m wide.
However it now runs into the pit marked to the southwest: it is not possible to tell if this was originally a part of it.
The southern edge of the field has had houses built over it.
An older row of cottages to the east is called West Hall Cottages, suggesting this is the identification of the site.
Visited E. Rose (NAU) 17 February 1977.

(S2) calls field West Hall, but shows only waterfilled parts of moat, the dry sections are depicted as field boundary.
No other early maps.
E. Rose (NLA) 18 December 1990.

Earthwork survey in file.
See (S3).
R. J. Rickett (NAU) 16 March 1990

19 December 1995. Site visit.
Brief inspection revealed no obvious change.
Site very overgrown, having been unmanaged for 10 to 12 years.
Bought as potential development land, but outside village development area in Local Plan (Deposit Version, June 1994).
D. Gurney (NLA) 19 December 1995.

2000.
Extensive clearance over whole area of moat and surrounding field.
Trees uprooted, moat sides scoured.
Tracks of tracked vehicles throughout with considerable disturbance of turf.
No building debris or other artefacts noted in tree roots or disturbed soil, except for a small quantity of modern brick on east side of east arm.
H. Paterson (A&E) 31 January 2000

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6101 G,J.
---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. Denver.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Map: Mumford, Charles.. 1837. Denver Tithe Map.
<S3>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 SW 7 [3].

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