Record Details

NHER Number:4459
Type of record:Monument
Name:Modney Hall and site of Modney Priory


Modney Priory, a Benedictine cell of Ramsey, was founded before 1291 and was dissolved in 1539. A possible moat, foundations and raised building platform around Modney Farm may be remains of the priory. Modney Hall itself dates to the 18th or 19th century although it is reported to have 15th century work inside.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 607 962
Map Sheet:TL69NW

Full description

Priory Cell.

Modney Priory - Benedictine cell of Ramsay, founded pre 1291, dissolved 1539.
See (S1).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

R. R. Clarke (NCM) suggests possible moat on south side Modney Hall, and plinth on north and west sides of hall (now farm) with foundations to north. Ordnance Survey inspectors however could not find the plinth and date hall as 18th to 19th century but said to have 15th century work inside.

(S2) shows large impressive building noted as Modney Priory despite post Dissolution. Drawing is obviously symbolic only but does indicate a large mansion.
E. Rose (NAU) 17 December 1984.

Site under landscaped garden of Modney Hall Farm. This includes a large terrace forming a built-up rock garden. To south and west, around the lawn area a noticeable scarp of some 0.75m forms a right angle. The owner says the area to west is always very wet. A 'bog garden' may be created in this area, possibly causing ground disturbance. NLA would be informed, prior to works.
H. Paterson (A&E) 18 July 1996.

Monument Types

  • CELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 69 NW 10 [3].
---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. Southery.
<S1>Publication: Knowles, D. and Hadcock, R. N. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales. pp 55, 71.
<S2>Map: 1566. Public Record Office Map showing Modeney Priory.

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