Record Details

NHER Number:4640
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible medieval or post medieval moat on west side of Holme Hall Hall


A possible medieval moat to the west of Holme Hale Hall (NHER 23015) may be the site of an earlier medieval hall. Alternatively it has been suggested that the moat is a 19th century garden feature surrounding an island and summerhouse laid out in 1820 by Robert Ferrand. It is possible that the medieval moat was significantly altered in the 19th century to create the garden feature.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8997 0792
Map Sheet:TF80NE

Full description

Moat and bridge.
Moat (Ordnance Survey antiquity) on west side of Holme Hale Hall, presumably site of older hall, shown on (S1) as complete and rectangular.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 October 1986.

However landowner claims the moat was laid out by Robert Farrand in 1820 to surround a summerhouse; the island is built of engineering brick; and it does not occur on (S3). But (S3) in fact dates to 1857 whereas (S4) of 1838 clearly shows the moat. (S5) states that Farrand built the Hall 'about twelve years ago'. (S6) does not show the moat but it is too small for him to do so; but he does show a hall on the site of the present building.

24 August 1993. Visit.
Only seen from east side.
Rectangular moat, wide arms, full of water. Island does indeed have brick along its east side but this could be an addition to an earlier feature - certainly no obvious reason in appearance why it should not be medieval.
E. Rose (NLA), 24 August 1993.

On (S7) this feature is marked as 'island'.
E. Rose (NLA), November 2001.

Bridge across the moat recorded as NHER 44022.
M. Dennis (NLA), 15 March 2006.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ISLAND (19th Century to 21st Century - 1820 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8907 C-E.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF 9007K, N.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 80 NE 9.
---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. Holme Holk.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Map: 1857. Holme Hale Enclosure Map.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S5>Directory: White, W.. 1845. White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.
<S6>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S7>Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.

Related records

44023Parent of: Holme Hale Hall Park (Monument)

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