Scheduled Ancient Monument: MOATED SITE AT DEPDEN HALL (33308)

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Suffix 33308
Date assigned 09 March 2001
Date last amended


The monument includes a medieval moated site at Depden Hall, 480m to the north west of Depden parish church. The moated site includes a sub-rectangular island, measuring up to 76m north to south by 60m east to west. This is surrounded by a water-filled moat measuring an average 14m in width. A modern brick bridge provides access to the island across the north arm of the moat. In 1984 the north arm, which was previously infilled and survived as a buried feature, was re-excavated in order to create a continuous moat around the island. These excavations revealed the remains of brick and stone revetting around the north side of the island, which are considered to date from the 17th century. The revetting is aligned with a group of timbers, believed to be the remains of a timber bridge, which would have, at one time, crossed the north arm of the moat. Drainage of the moat in 1994 exposed the remains of another line of walling, slightly to the north, which has been dated to the Tudor period. This earlier wall appears to have continued around the north east, and perhaps also the north west, corners of the island. Both the 16th century walling/revetment and the 17th century revetting along the north arm of the moat are included in the scheduling. Depden Hall, which is a Listed Building Grade II and dates from the 17th century, is sited towards the north west corner of the island. The moated site is thought to represent the manor of Depden, which was held from 1275 until the late 14th century by the de Wancey family. In the 15th century it came into the ownership of Thomas Gournay and continued in his family until well into the 16th century. By the end of the 16th century the manor was held by John Jermyn and his son Thomas before being passed into the Coell family who retained ownership up until the late 17th century. Depden Hall and its associated cellar, the modern brick bridge and the modern brickwork above the 17th century revetting, the summer house, the jetty and associated steps at the south west corner of the island, the oil tank, all modern walls, sheds, outhouses, fences, gates, together with the surface of the driveway and other modern made surfaces are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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Grid reference Centred TL 7739 5687 (107m by 134m)
Map sheet TL75NE

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Dec 20 2019 3:08PM

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