Record Details

NHER Number:6713
Type of record:Monument
Name:Remains of possible medieval hall


The remains of a medieval moat, with the remains of a medieval flint and tile bastion and retaining wall. This site is thought to have been the site of the hall built by Sir Thomas Erpingham in about 1400.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1953 3203
Map Sheet:TG13SE

Full description

'Hall (remains of)' on (S1). L shaped pond indicated.

Ordnance Survey card describes 2 sides of moat remaining, one dry, and fragment of masonry 1.2m square.

Ordnance Survey card states masonry has been pushed into moat.

13 May 1980. Visited by E. Rose (NAU)
Ordnance Survey cards are strangely wrong.
There is indeed an L shaped fragment of wet moat in overgrown hollow, but walling is in fact a bastion standing in its original position in the moat, compare with that at Hales Hall, (NHER 1053).
Composed of mortared flint with tile course, about 1.5m high, at least 3m long including retaining wall from which it projects, but ends hidden by undergrowth. It retains the east wall of central island, this is raised above level of field with slight traces of missing sides of moat. Field (under silage crop) is known as Castle Field. It rises abruptly to south.
Owner believes adjacent field hedge on east contains a flint wall, but no traces found where it had been cut through for gates etc.
Field to east at higher level.
E. Rose (NAU) 14 May 1980.

1982. Earthwork Survey.
Survey by NARG. Traces of outer revetting of moat and medieval sherds found.
See report (S2) for plan and further details.
Bryant (S3), quoted in (S2), states this to be the foundations of the Hall built in about 1400 by Sir Thomas Erpingham.
E. Rose (NAU) 29 March 1983. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 2 March 2015.

Fragments of flint wall found in hedge boundary as stated above, see (S2).
E. Rose (NAU)

29 July 1996. NLA air photography.
Earthworks visible, but wall and tower unclear due to vegetation.
H. Clare (NLA), 27 April 2001.

May 2008. Field visit following planning application.
Sections of four sides of the moat visible. The southeastern corner survives as a L shaped pond, as described above. The southern, western and western part of the northern arm survive as broad shallow depressions.
Area of site extended northwards to include all earthworks.
D. Robertson (NLA), 28 May 2009.

May 2009. Field visit and site meeting with prospective purchaser and planning officer.
Site currently under barley crop. The barley growing on the shallow and broad moat earthworks and the platform has less height than that in the surrounding areas.
D. Robertson (NLA), 29 May 2009.

Monument Types

  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOWER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: Y.
---Aerial Photograph: TG1931A, G, H.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TG1931/S - T.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 13 SE 3 [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. Erpingham.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1883. First edition six inch map.
<S2>Unpublished Report: Dollin, B. 1982. Erpingham. 1. Old Hall. 2. Moated Mound.. NARG Earthwork Survey Report.
<S3>Monograph: Bryant, J.. 1900. Norfolk Churches..

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