Moated Site at the Old Rectory
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Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
St Margaret, South Elmham
OR315315 (631452, 283794)
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A moated site which is believed to be the site of a medieval rectory, located 150 metres south of St Margaret's Church. The moat, which is water filled, ranges in width from 7 metres to 18 metres and surrounds the northern, western and southern sides of the area on which the medieval buildings are thought to have stood. At some time during the 19th century it was modified as a garden water feature, and the inner edge now describes an irregular curve around the western ehd of this partial enclosure. On the north side, the moat is 43 metres in length and issues into a narrower channel 4 metres wide and 41 metres in length. The moat on the south side is 60 metres in overall length and terminates at the eastern end in a short southward extension. It is possible that the moated site was always open at the eastern end and fronted directly onto the road. The interior area, as thus defined, has maximum dimensions of around 78 metres east-west by 32 metres north-south. The monument is one of several rectorial moated sites which survive in the different parishes which made up the manor of South Elmham. Scheduled.
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