Moated Site at Fingrith Hall Farm
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Essex County Council
Brentwood Borough Council
Blackmore, Hook End and Wyatts Green
Brentwood and Ongar
OV609609 (560896, 203651)
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A medieval moated site immediately north of Fringrith Hall farmhouse. The moated site includes a roughly rectangular island which measures a maximum of 90 metres north-south and up to 70 metres east-west, raised 1 metre above the surrounding ground surface. The island is contained by a moat or ditch measuring up to 16 metres wide and a maximum of 3 metres in depth. The south western corner of the moat survives as a buried feature; it was infilled prior to 1847 when it was depicted on the tithe map as being overlain by Fingrith Hall (the forerunner to the modern farmhouse). The local 18th century antiquarian, P Morant, records that in 1165 the manor of Fringrith was owned by John de Sandford. It remained in his family until the 13th century when Alice, the daughter of Sir Gilbert de Sandford, married Robert de Vere (1240-1296), the fifth Earl of Oxford, and from then on it continued in the de Vere family until the 16th century. Scheduled.
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