Moated Site and Ponds 180m North West of Hill Farm
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Suffolk County Council
Suffolk Coastal District Council
OR331331 (633147, 273773)
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A Medieval moated site and ponds located on a slight south facing slope on a spur above the north side of the valley of the River Blyth. Three arms of the moat are visible as ditches, partly silted and now dry, which define the north east, north west and south east sides of a sub-rectangular central platform; a fourth arm on the south west side survives as a buried feature. The central platform has maximum dimensions of 70 metres north east-south west by 55 metres north west-south east, and the moat ditches measure from 7 metres to 8 metres in width. A linear pond extends south westwards from the southern angle of the moat. Within the moated site are traces on an internal pond, connected to the north eastern arm of the moat by a channel 18 metres in length. Both the pond and channel have become largely infilled, although they survive as buried features. Building materials and fragments of pottery dating from the 13th to the 17th centuries, found on the interior and in ploughsoil around the outer edge of the moat, demonstrates that the site was occupied during and after the medieval period. Scheduled.
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