Record Details

NHER Number:6074
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval manor Loose Hall


Excavation of a rectangular stream-fed moated manor site revealed the walls of a three roomed building. Two of the rooms had glazed tile floors. Some of the tiles are decorated with relief designs some of which are heraldic. The site is thought to be that of Loose Hall recorded in old documents. Beneath the manor earlier pits and a possible prehistoric linear feature were recorded.


  • A medieval tile found at the possible site of Loose's Hall, a medieval moated manor in Hempstead  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TG 1032 3698
Map Sheet:TG13NW

Full description

Moated site of great house or manor, discovered. Footings of flint and mortar found and causeway? Running northeast from site. Square platform to east. Is this Loose Hall?

1970. In northeast corner of moated enclosure.
Bronze pennanular brooch, rounded section hoop, apparently formed of rolled sheet. Roman/Early Saxon?

About 1975. Stray find. Found on surface of field.
Half a polished Neolithic axe.

March 1975. Survey.
Stream fed rectangular moated enclosure with fish pond to northwest. Part of a late medieval floor of glazed and impressed tiles appeared to survive in situ over a considerable area.
Information from (S2).
Amended by M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 10 June 2013.

September to October 1975.
Destroyed by ploughing.

8 October 1975. Visit.
Soilmarks survyed. Hole in southeast part of interior shopwed floor of glazed impressed tiles, (S4, S5, S6 and S7) 14th to 15th century in situ within roughly rectangular area of late medieval brick rubble.

8 to 29 September 1976. Full excavation by A. Rogerson (NAU).
Twin destroyed moated enclosure. Building around 14m by 5.5m. Flint and mortar walls almost all robbed. Three rooms identified, two with floors of relief tiles. One internal cross wall of bricks, the other of clay. Twenty one types of relief tiles, some of which are heraldic. One plain type and one example of a printed tile. Unknown source of manufacture, definitely not Bawsey. Ditch and pits sealed by floor. Very little pottery but seem to be 12th to 13th century. Linear feature in black soil and potboilers may have been prehistoric. If site was Loose Hall it was occupied from late 13th to 15th century. Tiles could be 14th century but not definite.
See (S1) for further information and information from (S3).
M. Dennis (NLA), 16 February 2006.

Monument Types

  • FLOOR (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • CAUSEWAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNASSIGNED (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • ANNULAR BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ANNULAR BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: ZM, ZN, ZP.
---Serial: 1968. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1968. No 15. p 7.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 13 NW 6.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Hempstead Moated Site. The Documentary Evidence..
---Illustration: Unknown. Unknown. Drawing of a medieval tile. Paper. 1:1.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Hempstead.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Rogerson, A. and Adams, N.. 1978. A Moated Site at Hempstead, Near Holt.. East Anglian Archaeology. No 8 pp 55-72.
<S2>Article in Serial: Webster, L. E. and Cherry, J. 1976. Medieval Britain in 1975. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XX pp 158-201. p 196.
<S3>Article in Serial: Webster, L. E. and Cherry, J. 1977. Medieval Britain in 1976. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XXI pp 204-262. p 252.
<S4>Illustration: Unknown. 1976. Drawing of a medieval tile.. Paper. 1:1.
<S5>Illustration: Unknown. 1976. Drawing of a medieval tile. Paper. 1:1.
<S6>Illustration: Unknown. 1976. Drawing of a medieval tile.. Paper. 1:1.

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