Hazel Hurn Moated Site, Fishponds and Associated Features


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County Council

Norfolk County Council

District Council

Breckland District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Mid Norfolk

Grid Reference

OV980980 (597989, 302852)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.587, 0.923003

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The site of a medieval moat, associated fishponds and a dovecote mound in Hazel Hurn Wood. The moated island measures approximately 40 metres by 30 metres and is surrounded by a waterfilled moat up to 6 metres wide. A slightly raised platform in the northern corner of the island probably marks the site of a building. A roughly circular hollow in the eastern corner is believed to represent the remains of a pond. A low internal bank runs along the north eastern moat arm, while external banks border the north western and part of the south western arms. The island was formerly accessed via a causeway across the north eastern arm of the moat. Two hundred metres to the east is an L-shaped depression, thought to be the remains of a line of fishponds. The long axis seems to be sub-divided by low baulks into a series of ponds. A circular hollow located in the angle of the L may mark the site of an infiled pond.An earthen mound is located close to the L-shaped fishpond. It measures about 12 metres square, stands up to 2 metres high and has a 5 metre diameter depression in its top. It is believed to have been built to support a dovecote.

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