Record Details

NHER Number:4191
Type of record:Monument
Name:Old Rectory Farm


An 18th century former rectory, incorporating parts of an earlier house dating to about 1600. The house is surrounded by a medieval moat, and documentary evidence has shown that a medieval rectory probably stood on this site, from at least 1400, and perhaps in the 13th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8958 1327
Map Sheet:TF81SE

Full description

Semi circular moat marked around this house on (S1).
P. Wade-Martins (NAU)

May 1978.
Course of moat now marked by bank about 1.5m high in garden.
House is Georgian and now called The Old Rectory, which would be common for a moated site.
E. Rose (NAU)

(S1) actually shows three sides of a rectangular moat, one of which survives.
Although the front block of the house is high quality Georgian, the rear wing encapsulates a house of about 1600 which may have had earlier origins.
See (S2) in file, which notes documentary evidence that a rectory has stood on the site since about 1400, and possibly since the 13th century. Therefore the moat must have belonged to the medieval rectory.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 September 2005.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VICARAGE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---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. Fransham, Great.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Fransham.
<S1>Map: Browne, J.. 1807. Great Fransham, Little Fransham and North Pickenham Enclosure Award and Map.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. (NLA). 2005. Building Report.. Building Report.

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