Record Details

NHER Number:3137
Type of record:Monument
Name:Giant's Moat


A medieval moat, still water-filled, and the site of a post-medieval hall. Only fragmentary traces of the hall remain, but pieces of medieval and post-medieval pottery have been recovered from the moat and its central island. Metal-detecting in 2009 recovered a post-medieval signet ring, an incomplete copper alloy stirrup and an undatable carved stone.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 08 24
Map Sheet:TG02SE

Full description

Giant's Moat, site of Hall, marked on Ordnance Survey map.

1963. Dredged from moat; 16th century Tudor greenglazed sherds; probably 17th century brown greenglazed; 17th century Rhenish wine jar; probably 18th century local made brown ware.
Information from NCM card.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Raeren jug rim and handle, First half 16th century (not seen).

Ordnance Survey card notes medieval sherds and bricks in molehills on island. Well on island. Moat is spring-fed with outer banks. The moat is situated in permanent pasture, on ground sloping gently to the south, and has overall dimensions of 70m north to south, and 67m east to west. The arms average 13m in width and are water-filled, probably by a spring, with an outlet into a field drain at the southeast angle. The outer side of the south arm has been raised 2.5m above ground level as a retaining bank. The outer side of the east arm has also been banked up, but only to a height of 1m. A central causeway in the west arm gives access to the island, which is built up on the south side to provide a level platform.
The well is at TG 0851 2416, and southwest of it a fragment of flint rubble foundations 2m long is exposed. Northwest of the moat the ground is disturbed and may indicate the site of further buildings.
Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 1990.

April 2004. Visit.
Interoir rough grass, grazed by a few horses. Moat clear water to west, south and east. Much dead wood and ancient willow filling north arm.
Management statement (S1) signed 20 April 2004.
H. Paterson (A&E), 21 April 2004.

Before March 2009. Metal-detecting.
16th century post-medieval stirrup, post-medieval signet ring, undatable carved stone.
See list in file.
S. Ashley (HES), 17 November 2010.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CARVED OBJECT (Unknown date)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SEAL MATRIX (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STIRRUP (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG0824 A-K.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 02 SE 8 [2].
---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. Reepham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Reepham.
<S1>Unpublished Document: H. Paterson (A&E), MPP. Management Statement.

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