Record Details

NHER Number:3199
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moated site


A medieval moat survives as earthworks and appears on Ordnance Survey maps. It is called 'Woolterton Manor' in 18th century documents. A prehistoric flint flake, Roman spindle whorl, medieval pottery and a 16th century German jetton have been found here.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 00 38
Map Sheet:TG03NW

Full description

Moat 200m southeast of Manor Farm.
Moat shown on 6in Ordnance Survey map (S1) as very roughly rectangular with west and south side wet, and north and east sides irregular and dry with channel running east.

October 1979.
Planted over with close set young pine trees. This and pheasants prevented close inspection.
E. Rose (NLA), 17 October 1979.

Pre 1984. From inside moated site.
Roman spindle whorl of greyware.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU).
J. J. Wymer (NAU), 2 May 1985.

Also from island.
Thirty-seven medieval unglazed sherds and ten glazed Grimston, of which only one is likely to be 15th century.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU), 4 June 1985.

1985. Field survey
Survey (S2; copy in file) and notes in (S3), suggest that trees removed, or had only formed a screen around the outside. Stated to be referred to in terrier of 1767 quoting state papers of 1640 as site of Woolterton Manor.
Sherds from platform concentrated on high south edge; eleven green and brown glazed Grimston 13th to 15th century, forty-nine unglazed cooking pot, bowl and jar sherds 13th to 14th century.
E. Rose (NAU), 10 November 1986.

1990. Metal detecting. Within moated island.
Nuremberg 16th century jetton.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 22 August 1990.

2000. Fieldwalking.
Undatable prehistoric flint.
Identified by P. A. Robins (NCM). See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 17 February 2001.

Monument Types

  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG0038A, B,.
---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. Field Dalling.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey, First Edition, 6 Inch. 1879-1886. Ordnance Survey 1st Edition 6 inch map..
<S2>Illustration: Dollin, B.. 1985. Field Dalling, Manor Farm, Norfolk.
<S3>Serial: Dollin, B.. 1986. Moated Sites Research Group Bulletin.. Vol 13.

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