Record Details

NHER Number:10989
Type of record:Monument
Name:Burston Hall medieval moat


A medieval moat can be seen on old maps and excavations for an extension to a modern house within the feature revealed upcast from the moat but no dateable finds.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 1319 8448
Map Sheet:TM18SW

Full description

Moated site.
(S1) shows moat lacking west side; narrow north and east sides, broader south side with central causeway. A modern house has been constructed inside since map was printed.

24 June 1981.
Foundation trenches dug by builder [1], for extension to house on east. About 1m of deposits over natural clay. Above natural there was about 20cm of old topsoil; then about 40cm of clean chalky boulder clay (presumably original upcast from moat); then about 40cm of topsoil with brick fragments, no apparent stratification. No dateable finds seen.
P. Wade-Martins (NAU), 24 June 1981.

(S2) shows as depicted on (S1) as described above.
E. Rose (NLA), 25 June 1992.

South arm maximum about 4m wide, north and east arms narrower, waterfilled.
H. Paterson (NLA), 21 April 1997.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 1384A-C.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 18 SW 10.
---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. Burston.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Map: Burston Tithe Map.

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