Moated Site Immediately North of St Margaret's Green
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Timber Framed House
Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
St Margaret, South Elmham
OR322322 (632246, 283659)
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A moated site situated on level ground alongside a triangular green. The moat encloses the north, west and east sides and the south west and south east angles of a rectangular central platform with internal dimensions of 73 metres north east-south west by 27 metres, the surface of which is raised between 0.4 metres and 0.6 metres above the prevailing ground level. The western end of the northern arm of the moat is enlarged to a width of up to 15 metres, with a short westward projection from the north west corner, and is partly infilled. The remainder of the northern arm, which is water-filled, ranges from 5 metres to 8 metres in width. It is probable that the moat originally enclosed more of the southern side and has been partly infilled, but if so, it will survive as a buried feature. Fragments of pottery of 15th and 16th century date found on the surface of the field immediately to the north of the moat are evidence for occupation of the site during the medieval period. A timber framed house which formerly stood on the western half of the central platform was burnt down in the late 19th century and nothing of it remains visible on the surface. Scheduled.
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