Record Details

NHER Number:10201
Type of record:Building
Name:Rookery Farm and moat


A 17th century house on the site of an earlier moated manor. The house is L shaped and of high quality construction. Alterations were carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries, probably to produce a more fashionable layout. The house is one of a number of moated sites in the area, but the reason for their concentration here is not known.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2939 9303
Map Sheet:TM29SE

Full description

Large moated site, said to be site of Castle's Manor.
L-shaped house apparently all mid 17th century with 18th-19th century alterations, but some odd features.
See (S1) and location plans in file (S2)(S3).
E. Rose (NAU) 2 May 1985.

Formerly known as Rookery Farm, now called Bedingham Hall.
Interior about 61m north to south and about 50m east to west. East arm is about 8 m wide with a wider revetted "pond" to north. West arm is about 18m. Long, truncated to the north. Owner says moat dredged in 1976.
H. Paterson, ( A&E) 3 July 2000.

The modern change of name to Bedingham Hall is unhistorical; see discussion in (S4).
E. Rose (NLA), 21 July 2005.

Monument Types

  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SITE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 2993E-G; BKS/NCC 1738-9.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 SE 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 200.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Bedingham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Unpublished Document: E. Rose. 1985. Building Report.. Building Report.
<S2>Publication: Messent, C. J. W. 1928. The Old Cottages and Farm-houses of Norfolk. p 25.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S4>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.

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