Record Details

NHER Number:33469
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible medieval moat


A possible medieval moat marked the 'Site of the Rectory' is shown on a 1605 map of Fakenham.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9172 2972
Map Sheet:TF92NW

Full description

Rectory Garden.
(S1) depicts a moated site here marked `The Scite of the Rectory'. (S2) shows one side of this remaining as pond.
Information in (S3), not visited.
See also. NHER 11595, present 18th century Old Rectory and NHER 7102, canoe alleged in garden.
E. Rose (NLA), 26 February 1998.

February 2005. Excavation.
The site is a trapezoidal moat from the 13th century surrounding a medieval rectory and a second building, possibly a rebuild, build on a raised platform and which was abandoned between 1677 and 1706. It is believed to have become part of the new rectory grounds. The articlegives the history and documentary evidence of the site before explaining the excavation results. Also included are the results of the environmental sampling, which provides an idea of how the environment changed. There is additional evidence of Roman activity in the discovery of a single ditch pre-dating peat formation on the edge of the higher ground.
See (S4) for further details.
K. Ward (NLA), 15 January 2010.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Map: 1650. Fakenham.
<S2>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1889 - 1891. Ordnance Survey first edition 6 inch map.. 1:10,560.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Taigel, A. 1997. Norfolk Gardens Trust: Town Gardens Survey - Volume One. Norfolk Gardens Trust.
<S4>Article in Serial: Clelland, S. and Andrews, P. 2008. A Moated Rectory at Oak Street, Fakenham, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt III pp 349-369.

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