Moated Site 150m South of St James' Church
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Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
St James, South Elmham
OR323323 (632258, 281069)
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A moated site located on level ground 150 metres south of St James' parish church. The moated site is rectangular in plan, with maximum overall dimensions of 72 metres south west-north east by 58 metres, and the moat, which varies in width from 10 metres at the western end of the southern arm to 4.5 metres, encloses the north, west and south sides of the central platform. The eastern side is defiend by a modern field boundary. The maot, which is fed by surface drainage, contains water except at the eastern end, where both the northern and southern arms diminish in width and visible depth. There is evidence, however, that this part of the southern arm has become partly infilled and was originally wider, the line of the original outer lip being marked by a break in the ground surface. The corresponding end of the northern arm has become almost completely infilled, but can be traced as a slight linear hollow in the ground surface, beneath which it will survive as a buried feature. An external pond opens off the western arm of the moat. In the south eastern part of the area enclosed by the moat there is a slightly raised rectangular platform on which stood a cottage of clay lump. The building was damaged by the blast from an explosion at a munitions dump at Metfield air base in 1944 and was subsequently demolished, but traces of it will survive below the ground surface. Originally the moated site probably contained a medieval manorial dwelling which, together with the church, the earliest parts of which are dated to the late 11th or early 12th century, represents the core of a medieval settlement. Scheduled.
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