Two Moated Sites Adjoining All Saints' Church
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Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
All Saints and St Nicholas, South Elmham
OR330330 (632966, 282823)
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A moated site located to the north east of the churchyard of All Saints' Church together with the buried remains of a second, smaller moated site located 93 metres south west of the first. The larger of the two is said to have been the site of a medieval manor house and the second was probably occupied by a medieval refectory. Both moated sites are rectangular in plan. The larger of the two has overall dimensions of 120 metres north west-south east by 78 metres. The moat, which contains water and ranges in width from around 5 metres on the south west side, to about 10 metres on the south east, surrounds all but the western corner of the central island, where it has been infilled. Church Farmhouse (TM 38 SW 37), Listed Grade II, occupies the western quadrant. The house is dated to the 17th century and is excluded from the scheduling. At the eastern end of the island are two sub-rectangular internal ponds, both measuring 12 metres by 10 metres which were perhaps used in the breeding and conservation of fish. Another, external pond, measuring 13 metres in length, extends north eastwards off the eastern angle of the moat. The second moat has been infilled but survives as a buried feature beneath the modern ploughsoil and has produced crop marks which have been recorded by means of aerial photography. It is approximately 5 metres in width and surrounds a rectangular central island which, on the evidence of the recorded crop marks, originally measured 70 metres north west-wouth east by 57 metres. The original south western arm of the moat was infilled at some time, and was replaced by a new arm on a similar alignment but some 17 metres to the north east. Also surviving beneath the ploughsoil is a rectangular internal pond measuring 25 metres in length north west-south east and 10 metres in width in the western quadrant of the central island. Scheduled.
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