Record Details

NHER Number:3229
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval moated site, Melton Constable Park


The medieval moated site of the old hall, which was demolished before work began on Melton Constable Hall. The moat is shown on an estate map of 1674 after the old hall had been demolished.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0338 3167
Map Sheet:TG03SW

Full description

Site of predecessor of Melton Hall.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Unit aerial photograph's show annexe with internal features.
E. Rose (NAU).

February 2001.
Moats broad about 6m waterfilled, some tree growth in moats. Banks scrub covered in many areas.
Under stewardship, scrub will be cut and poisoned, some tree surgery to overhanging branches. Removal of top leaf detritus to be undertaken with watching brief.
H. Paterson (A&E), 8 February 2001.

May 2001. Site visit.
Scrub clearance and tree surgery undertaken as part of stewardship programme. Moat dredged to make 1.2m (4ft) after discovery and removal of World War Two bombs by army. Silts spread around moat and ploughed in, will be seeded with grass. Old World War Two hut demolished and used to heighten low access ramp. 70 course shrubs planted to replace cut scrub - shallow rooted. Land drains and exit drain control water levels.
H. Paterson (A & E), 21 May 2001.

See also (S1), in file for NHER 30472 and in (S2), that shows an L-shaped pond to the southwest of the present hall as well as this moated site.
E. Rose (NLA), 27 October 2004.

Monument Types

  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 0331C-E. TG 0331 K, L..
---Aerial Photograph: TG 0331/ ABC, ABD, ABE.
---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. Melton Constable.
<S1>Map: Hunt, J.. 1674. Melton Constable (surviving as a copy of 1732).
<S2>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1998. Archaeology of the Landscape Park: Garden Design in Norfolk, England, c. 1680-1840.. BAR (British Series). Vol 268. p 26.

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