Manorial Site 480m South West of Downham Lodge Farm


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County Council

Norfolk County Council

District Council

South Norfolk District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Mid Norfolk

Grid Reference

OR099099 (609884, 304683)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.599, 1.0995

Nearest Postcode

NR18 0RS

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Remains of medieval manorial site, identified as Downham Hall. A map of 1797 shows Downham Common immediately to the north of the site. The former common edge is still marked by a ditch, flanked to the south by a bank. The site of the hall, roughly 45 metres south of this ditch, survives as an enclosure surrounded to the east, west and north by a ditch, which could represent a partly infilled moat. The southern end of the enclosure is bounded by a long pond, probably a former fishpond. The enclosure is bisected by a linear depression, interpreted as a hollow way formed after the abandonment of the site, though there is also some evidence of an original subdivision. A low ridge, flanked by ditches, runs from the former common edge to a point just east of the enclosure ditch. This feature matches part of the boundary depicted on a map of 1714, but may be earlier. It appears to represent a track or causeway leading from the common to the enclosure.

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