Record Details

NHER Number:4152
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval Sporle Hall


This is the moated site of the medieval Sporle Hall. A metalled road has been identified to the east of the site, with a cobbled area to the south of it. The southern and western arms of the moat survive, and archaeological investigations in 1992 recorded ditches subdividing the area inside the moat. Various fragments of medieval roof tile and post medieval brick have also been found on site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8488 1207
Map Sheet:TF81SW

Full description

Moated site of Sporle Hall.

R. R. Clarke (NCM) noted on 9 October 1952 a metalled road leading out to east with cobbled area to south of it, and original ditch outside modern wet ditch on west. North side destroyed by railway. In July 1953 he noted that south part of site was levelled by bulldozer. However this only refers to section outside moat, the southern arm of which remains as a long thicket. The west arm is just visible as a shallow depression between wet ditch and road. The interior is used for keeping cows and is a quagmire; heaps of earth may indicates recent disturbance.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 20 February 1976.

Aerial photograph plot-out in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

1992. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of groundworks associated with construction of new house within moat.
Ditches for internal divisions seen; medieval roof tile, post medieval brick and tile. Contexts 1-13.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
E. Rose (NLA) 24 July 1992.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: FVS.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 81 SW 16.
---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. Sporle with Palgrave.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Flitcroft, M. 1992. [Report on Watching Brief at Old Railway Yard Farmhouse, Sporle]. Norfolk Archaeological Unit.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1993. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1992. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt IV pp 522-532. p 530.

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