Record Details

NHER Number:3765
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moated site and fishpond


A medieval moated site, and fishpond, which was excavated in the late 1950s, when the foundation of medieval buildings, medieval masonry, pottery, coins and other medieval finds were found. The moat itself was circular, with an outer enclosure. The site has since been ploughed out, and is now only visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 7237 1567
Map Sheet:TF71NW

Full description

1957-8. Half a mile east of West Bilney Church.
Early medieval moated site.
Medieval finds from fieldwalking.
Excavated by E. P. V. Whitaker.
Foundations of buildings, with moulded masonry, 13th and 14th century pottery and other medieval finds. See drawings (S4) to (S5).
For full details see file and (S1). These discoveries are also noted in (S6), (S7) and (S8).
E. Rose (NAU)

(S2) reveals cropmarks of site, these comprise of rectilinear marks around a circular mark.
J. E. Bown (NAU) 1 October 1980.

March 1948.
RAF air photograph shows circular ditched enclosure, with linking ditch from southeast corner heading east, and a rectangular depression (fish pond) to northeast.
Outer enclosure to north and west.
All above as earthworks.
Series of rectangular enclosures to south in arable land as soilmarks.
B. Cushion (NLA) 16 July 1998.

March 2008. Cropmarks noted on Google Earth by owner (see Notes). The circular feature is very obvious at ground level and is approx 20 yards diameter.
D. Gurney (NLA) 5 March 2008.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Undated)
  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KNIFE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: OS 76-020-126.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 76-020-127.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 76-020-128.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 7215AA - AD.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Vertical Aerial Photograph: Infoterra and Bluesky Ltd. 2006. Google Earth TF72421566 (Infoterra 11-SEPT-2006).
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Winch (East) [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, J. G. 1960. Medieval Britain in 1958. Medieval Archaeology. Vol III (for 1959) pp 295-326. p 317.
<S2>Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. OS 127 76 020, Unit TF 7215A-C, E-L, P-Z; TF 71/TF 7916/A.
<S3>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1957. Sketch of a medieval moulded stone. Paper. Unknown.
<S4>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1957. Sketch of a medieval moulded stone. Card. Unknown.
<S5>Illustration: [Unknown]. 1957. Sketch of a medieval or post-medieval 'combed ware' pottery sherd. Card. Unknown.
<S6>Serial: 1957. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. No 4. p 2.
<S7>Serial: 1958. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. Vol 5. p 2.
<S8>Article in Serial: 1959. Other Archaeological Excavations 1958. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 11 (for 1958) pp 1-2. p 1.

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