Record Details

NHER Number:2465
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of East Hall manor

Summary

This is the moated site of the medieval manor of East Hall, held by William of Warenne in 1086. The moat and associated earthworks, including a possible outer enclosure, have survived, although there is no evidence of any buildings on the island. A pond in the middle of the island may be a 19th century ornamental feature, created when the moat was in the grounds of Denver Hall, NHER 2448.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 6165 0137
Map Sheet:TF60SW
Parish:DENVER, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Moat (Ordnance Survey).
Close inspection was not possible, but it remains in pasture, interior covered with trees.
Ordnance Survey card says that south side has been damaged by dyking.
To the south of the dyke are undulations in the grass.
Seen by E. Rose (NAU) 17 February 1977.

19 December 1995. Site visit.
Moat island unmanaged woodland, with several fallen and mature trees.
Ditch, once fed by stream (Captain's Run) to south, well silted.
Pond in centre of island linked to south arm by silted channel.
Earthworks noted to east, west and especially to the south.
These should be surveyed.
Dead timber on island to be cleared soon, and some of the large trees felled in due course.
Some silt to be removed, with NLA guidance.
D. Gurney (NLA) 19 December 1995.

1996. Earthwork Survey.
Earthwork survey identified probable outer enclosure and subdivision of the area to the south of moat.
See report (S1) further details and copy of plan (S2). The survey is also noted in (S4).
B. Cushion (NLA) January 1996.

New owner has carried out de-silting of moat.
Some material has been deposited alongside the north edge of the stream to west.
Further material has been spread over fragile earthworks to west and east of moat, suggested as remnants of outer enclosure by Brian Cushion (NLA).
A large mound of excavated silts heaped to north of moat, where a rubble/gravel farm road has been constructed from B1507.
This material to be removed from site.
A small new 'moat' has been constructed to west surrounding a small island.
A few small trees/shrubs have been planted on large moated site.
H. Paterson (NLA) 22 March 1996.

Site scheduled 1999.
(S3) states that this is the site of the medieval manor of East Hall, held by William of Warenne in 1086, before passing to the de Cailly family, then the Clifton family, and finally the Willoughby family, who held the manor until the late 16th century.
(S3) also states that the small sub-rectangular pond in the centre of the island may be a 19th century garden feature.

6 September 1999. Site visit.
See report in file.
D. Gurney (NLA) 7 September 1999.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WATERCOURSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FISHPOND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATERCOURSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 SW 8.
---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>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1996. Denver SMR 2465. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S2>Illustration: Cushion, B. 1996`. Plan of earthworks at Denver SMR 2465. Film. 1:1000.
<S3>Unpublished Document: English Heritage. 1999. Schedule Report.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1997. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1996. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 547-564. p 550.

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