Record Details

NHER Number:11028
Type of record:Monument
Name:Shimpling Place medieval moated site


An L-shaped medieval moat surrounds Shimpling Place. To the north there is an 18th century barn. The house is Elizabethan or Jacobean and timber framed in parts with stepped gables. The barn is timber framed clad with weatherboarding built on a brick plinth and is ten bays long. It was extended in the 19th century to provide a bullock yard.


  • Burston Place, an Elizabethan or Jacobean house in Burston with Shimpling  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 1516 8352
Map Sheet:TM18SE

Full description

Elizabethan or Jacobean. Timber framed in part, stepped gables with angle shafts etc. See (S1) and (S2).
E. Rose (NLA).

Moats described by Ordnance Survey. A series of separate ponds separated by a narrow causeway at northwest corner. Dam at mid-point along eastern arm. Water on either side at different levels. Part of south arm converted into ha-ha. No surface evidence of west arm.
Information from (S3).
M. D.Leah (NAU) 20 December 1990.

L-shaped moat shown on (S4).
E. Rose (NLA).

Moat survives to north and east of Shimpling Place. North arm reed filled and damp. East arm, north of dam wet, broad and pond like. South of dam narrower and wet. This cleaned out a few years ago, with silt deposited on banks.
H. Paterson (A&E) 11 November 1997.

1996-1997. Building Survey.
Two examinations of barns at Shimpling Place. Barn to north described as 18th century timber framed.
See report (S5) and (S6) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA), 26 January 1998.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 1583A,B.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 18 SE 3 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 645.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Burston.
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-West and South Norfolk. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 311.
<S2>Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
<S3>Archive: National Archaeological Record.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. Ordnance Survey (OS) 1:10 000.
<S5>Unpublished Contractor Report: Smith, R. 1998. Shimpling Place Barn, Shimpling, Norfolk. Robert Smith.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: Francis Horner Brown & Co. 1996. Report on Barns at Shimpling Place, Norfolk. Francis Horner Brown & Co.

Related records - none

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