Record Details

NHER Number:12159
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moat complex


A complex of three medieval moats and remains of 19th century sheep wash and culvert have been surveyed and can be seen on aerial photographs. Masonry has been recovered within the smallest moated enclosure. Other linear features, possibly ditches or scarps, suggests the surrounding pasture was subdivided, perhaps on the same line as earlier boundaries between valley floor pasture and higher arable land.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9975 3244
Map Sheet:TF93SE

Full description

Complex of ponds marked on Ordnance Survey. St Joseph states that his air photographs show this to be a moat.

A little doubtful; photocopy of air photograph shows that the two rectangular fields shown on (S1) appear as ditched rectangles, but L shaped pond at their south end has no other features visible. If a moat, very large and complex; balance of probability is rather that these are drainage earthworks.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 October 1982.

A complex of three moats with traces of masonry inside the smallest. Informants sponsored by Norfolk Research Committee.
Manorial complex, in pasture, and the ditches are dry. It seems likely that the small moated area, centred TF 9970 3245, did carry a building although no remains were found during investigation. No indications of building sites were seen in the other enclosed areas.
Information from (S2).
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 1990.

Site does not give the appearance of drainage works on the ground. Moats have good square corners, and appear too broad and shallow. Main moat some 50m north to south, 60m east to west ditches up to 3 to 4m wide, 1.5m deep, boggy.
H. Paterson (NLA) 16 June 1993.

1995. Earthwork Survey.
1:1000 survey indicates further enclosure features (some probably contemporary with moated enclosures) and several obviously later linear and enclosure features. Site extended to south and east.
See report (S3) further details and copy of plan (S4). This survey is also noted in (S5).
B. Cushion (NLA) May 1995.

Monument Types

  • DRAIN (Undated)
  • POND (Undated)
  • BOUNDARY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP BKP 9, AQK 10, NAU TF 9932A,C.
---Article in Serial: Barringer, J. C. and Yaxley, D. C. 1973. Fieldwork Methods in Local History. Norfolk Research Committee Newsletter and Bulletin. Series 2 No 10 pp 11-12.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 377.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Fulmodeston.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Records / Pastscape.
<S3>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1995. Fulmodeston SMR 12159. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S4>Illustration: Cushion, B. 1995. Plan of earthworks at Fulmodeston SMR 12159. Film. 1:1000.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. p 401.

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