Moated Site and Associated Earthworks 270m North East of Millers Farm
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Norfolk County Council
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
South West Norfolk
OV626626 (562594, 298617)
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A medieval moated site and a series of associated earthwork enclosures containing a series of fishponds. The moat, which ranges from 10 metres to about 17 metres in width and remains open to a depth of up to 1.5 metres, surrounds a rectangular central platform measuring some 78 metres north-south by 47 metres internally. The three contiguous rectangular enclosures to the east of the moat extend northward from a green lane which runs eastwards from the village of Hilgay. The first of these enclosures, adjoining the moat, measures 93 metres north-south by 68 metres internally and contains a complex array of fishponds, visible as well-defined sub-rectangular and linear hollows. The second and third enclosures, in line to the east of the first, are separated by a north-south ditch, embanked on both sides, and are defined on their northern side by a modern drainage ditch. A single pond extends east-west across the centre of the middle and largest enclosure and, although no other features are clearly visible on the surface, aerial photographs taken of the site under wet conditions have recorded evidence for adjacent, probably contemporary, ponds and channels which have become infilled. The third and easternmost enclosure contains two smaller ponds. The moated site is thought to have been at the centre of a manorial holding. Scheduled.
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