Moats Hall Moated Site
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Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
St Cross, South Elmham
OR295295 (629486, 284218)
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The moated site of a former rectory situated 450 metres west of the church of St Cross on the south side of the valley of The Beck. The moat, which ranges from 6 metres to 9 metres in width and remains open to a depth of up to 2 metres, surrounds the western, southern and eastern sides and the north eastern corner of a sub-rectangular central platform which maximum internal dimensions of 87 metres east-west by 50 metres. The part of the northern arm of the moat which remains visible is 25 metres in length, open to a depth of around 1 metre, and is dry. Much of the eastern arm of the moat is seasonally wet and the southern arm, part of which is said to have been redug to make a garden water feature, remains water-filled, fed by surface drainage. Towards the southern end of the eastern arm there is a bay 8 metres wide and 5 metres deep in the outer edge, the remains of an external pond are visible as a hollow in the ground surface measuring 9 metres north-south by 4 metres. The northern end of the western arm has been infilled. The central platform is raised at the southern end 0.3 metres above the level of the prevailing ground surface, and buried structural remains have been observed in the eastern part of it. The former rectory, which stands on the northern side, is of 19th century date, and was built to replace an earlier house on the site. This building is excluded from the scheduling. The monument is one of several rectorial moated sites in the different parishes which made up the manor of South Elmham. Scheduled.
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