Record Details

NHER Number:1072
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moat


Earthwork remains of a medieval moat and associated ditches are present in Moat Hill Plantation. These remains and cropmarks of ditches to the south of the woodland are visible on aerial photographs. This may be the site of Le Parke's manor house.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3699 2642
Map Sheet:TG32NE

Full description

Moat, single and rectangular, tree covered, bridge-abutments ? Across northern ditch.
A. Rogerson (NAU), 1974.

These may be the 'traces of drawbridge' which were recorded in 1895, when the interior was said to contain a mound. It
was the site of the mansion of the LeParkes. (see article in (S1)).
E. Rose (NAU), 1976

Moat registered in 1981 as habitat of medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis).
See (S2).
E. Rose (NLA), 2 September 1996.

April 2001.
Earthwork survey carried out.
See (S3).
It is suggested that this is the site of Le Parke's manor house.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 19 July 2002.

March 2004. Norfolk NMP.
A medieval trapezoidal moat and other ditches are visible as earthworks and cropmarks in, and to the south of, Moat Hill Plantation on Ordnance Survey and RAF aerial photographs (S4-5). The moat is centred on TG37042645. Its plan is difficult to determine due to the density of the woodland, but appears to correspond well with the 2001 survey plan (S3) in the secondary file. The ditch to the west of the moat within the woodland was recorded as modern by the 2001 survey, although its planned course appears to differ from that visible on the aerial photographs (S4). Cropmarks of two parallel north-south aligned ditches are visible to the south of the woodland on RAF aerial photographs and are probably related to the earthwork remains (S5).
J. Albone (NMP), 24 March 2004.

Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Management Statement

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Rogerson, A. and Mauser, J.. 1973. Rapid Moat Survey Sketch Plan.
---Unpublished Document: H. Paterson (A&E), MPP. Section 17 Management Agreement.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 32 NE 11.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Archive: Norfolk Monuments Management Project File.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Bolingbroke Collection.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Wilson, C. A. L.. 1996. Brunstead Hall Moat and Pond, A Species Management Plan for the Medicinal Leech, Hirudo medicinalis. June.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Wilcox, W. A.. 2001. Brumstead Moat Earthworks Survey. February.
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72111 077-8 02-MAY-1972.
<S5>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 5090-1 09-JUL-1946 (Norfolk SMR TG 3626A-B).

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