Record Details

NHER Number:3647
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moat


A medieval moat, which has survived as a large earthwork. Medieval pottery has been found on the site.

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Grid Reference:TF 8193 2790
Map Sheet:TF82NW

Full description

Moat, rectangular on Ordnance Survey.
Overgrown with dense brushwood.
E. Rose (NAU) 20 February 1978.

Site lies in small enclave of woodland about 300m north of West Rudham Church.
Moat rectangular, measuring about 45m north to south, about 30m east to west broadening to northwest corner.
Moat is dry.
Whole site covered with scrub and mature trees with much fallen wood.
Banks damaged in places by uprooting.
Earthworks noted in field west of Grove Farm.
Site form in file.
H. Paterson (A&E), February 1991.

2 November 1992. Found in roots of fallen tree within moat.
Large rim sherd from large 13th century jar, non Grimston but local ware, thumb impressed rim.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA).
E. Rose (NLA) 4 November 1992.

Visited to monitor effectiveness of Section 17 Agreement.
Much of the scrub/trees on the east and west sides of the moat has been cut, with cuttings heaped up.
Work needed on north and south sides.
H. Paterson (A&E), 17 March 1995.

Perimeter of moated area now almost free of scrub and trees, nettles colonizing this ground.
More wood to be removed from moat and interior during winter.
Ten man days work already undertaken.
H. Paterson (A&E), 7 December 1995.

Further removal of some dead wood, and cutting of overhanging branches, especially willow, will be undertaken shortly under terms of Section 17 Agreement.
H. Paterson (A&E), 20 April 1998.

Part of south bank to east, and north bank clear with some grass and low annual weed.
Remainder much dead wood in moat and on sides.
A little rabbit disturbance.
Further cutting back will be undertaken.
H. Paterson (A&E), 21 June 2002.

March 2009.
5 year Section 17 agreement signed, backdated to 15 January 2009.
See (S1).
D. Robertson (NLA), 1 April 2009.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement

Sources and further reading

---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. Rudham (West).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2008-2009. Section 17 Management Agreement.

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