Record Details

NHER Number:4446
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval moat

Summary

A medieval moat is marked at this location on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map. It is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, along with possible enclosures and a possible field system. In 1960 medieval pottery sherds and part of a post medieval plate were found. The moat was destroyed in 1966.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 6182 9939
Map Sheet:TL69NW
Parish:FORDHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Moat is marked on 1st edition 1in Ordnance Survey map (S1), entrance on north.
R. R. Clarke (NCM), 8 March 1958.

1960. From site of moated house - dug up by excavation from depth of about 2.4m (8ft).
Fragmentary pewter plate ?16th century.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1960. From same site dug up by excavation from depth of about 2.4m (8ft).
Neck of medieval glazed pottery jug.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Destroyed in 1966
See (S2).
E. Rose (NAU).

Aerial photograph evidence suggests the moat was overall about 55m east to west and about 40m transversely with dry arms averaging about 10m wide, and a causeway entrance across the north arm. Probable contemporary field/enclosure systems appear on the west and east sides of the moat.
See (S2).
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 29 March 1990.

Part of large scatter NHER 29440.

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PLATE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: RAF. RAF 106 G/UK 1601 3082-3083.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1960. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1960. No 7. p 3.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Fordham [2].
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 NW 8.

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