Santon Moated Site and Associated Medieval Settlement
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Norfolk County Council
Breckland District Council
South West Norfolk
OV827827 (582685, 287297)
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The monument includes a moated site, together with an area to the west and north of the moat containing earthworks and other remains of an associated manorial complex which is believed to have formed part of the medieval settlement of Santon. The moated site is sub-rectangular with partly infilled moat ditches. It surrounds a central island on which there are the buried remains of a substantial building. An area of earthworks around and to the west of the moated site include remains of boundary features and other structures, most of which are visible within an area measuring circa 245 metres east-west by circa 125 metres. This area is bordered on the east and west sides by low, roughly parallel earthern banks. Further evidence for occupation in this area is provided by surface finds of medieval pottery and other artefacts, and fragments of building materials such as medieval roof tile and mortar. The southern end of the eastern boundary bank and the southern end of the western bank terminate respectively circa 45 metres and circa 20 metres north of the river embankment. Abutting the eastern side of the eastern bank at its northern end is a low rectilinear building platform. Parallel to the southern parts of the two banks there are two more slight banks which have the appearance of boundary features. Approximately 11 metres to the east of the latter there is a terraced platform, probably constructed with material derived from the excavation of the moat. Scheduled.
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