Moated Site at Moat Farm
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Suffolk County Council
Waveney District Council
OR428428 (642791, 285173)
A moated site and associated smaller moated island, thought to be the site of a dovecote, located around 1.5 kilometres north-west of the Church of St John the Baptist. The larger moat is waterfilled and approximately 6 metres wide. It extends along the northern and western and around the north-eastern and south-western corners of a rectangular island with internal dimensions of about 90 metres by 75 metres. It is thought that the south-eastern part of the moat will survive as a buried feature. The eastern end of the northern arm has been enlarged to form a pond measuring around 24 metres by 21 metres. There is a separate pond in the centre of the moated island, which is 22 metres long and 6 metres wide. The western end of this pond is linked to the southern arm of the moat by a partly-infilled channel, the southern end of which is visible as a 3 metre wide hollow. A house (Listed Grade II*) and barn stand on the central island. The smaller moat is sub-rectangular, measuring approximately 32 metres by 25 metres overall. It lies about 20 metres to the north of the northern arm of the larger moat, to which it is connected by a partly-infilled channel, around 3.5 metres wide. The north-western corner projects out, with a 4 metre wide extension running north-west, now largely infilled. The central island is roughly rectangular, measuring around 12.5 metres by 8 metres, and is raised approximately 1.2 metres above the surrounding ground level. It has been identified as the site of a dovecote.