Moated Site 210m South East of Brizes
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Essex County Council
Brentwood Borough Council
Brentwood and Ongar
OV571571 (557128, 198260)
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A medieval moated site located 210 metres south east of Brizes, in the grounds of Brizes Park. The moated site includes a sub-rectangular island measuring 42 metres east-west by a maximum of 22 metres north-south. The island is contained by a water-filled moat which measures an average of 10 metres wide and 1 metre deep. There are no visible indications of the principal dwelling or ancillary buildings which stood upon the island, however, the local antiquarian, P Morant stated in 1768 that Brizes Park was named after Thomas Bryce who built a house there in 1498. Although the exact site of this house is unknown it is probable that it stood on the moat island and will survive as a buried feature. The present house, which was built in 1720, is located 200 metres to the north west of the moat and may well represent its successor. The moated site is situated immediately to the SSW of the original entrance to Brizes Park. The 1788 'Plan for altering and improving the grounds at Brizes' depicts the south eastern corner of the moat connected to a water-filled extension, similar in width, which continues to the south for 20 metres. The extension is not marked on the 1838 Tithe map of Kelvedon Hatch, indicating that it was infilled prior to this date, however, it still survives on the ground as a shallow depression. The extension is thought to have originated as a fishpond.
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