Monument record BSE 024 - Moyses Hall, 41/41A Cornhill
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|Grid reference||Centred TL 85302 64377 (20m by 32m)|
|Civil Parish||BURY ST EDMUNDS, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (10)
- HOUSE (12th century to IPS: Modern - 1180 AD to 2050 AD)
- DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
- CELLAR (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
- PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
- MERCHANTS HOUSE (12th century - 1170 AD to 1190 AD)
- FIRST FLOOR HALL HOUSE (12th century - 1170 AD to 1190 AD)
- HOUSE OF CORRECTION (12th century - 1190 AD to 1190 AD)
- INN (12th century to Unknown - 1190 AD)
- POLICE STATION (12th century to Unknown - 1190 AD)
- PRISON (12th century to Unknown - 1190 AD)
Moyse's Hall, circa 1180 (now used as a museum).
When Moyse's Hall was originally scheduled (Suffolk 36), the extension was still part of a shop and none of its interesting features were visible. Its walls are of flint and its fine timber roof has been dated by C A Hewett to the C14. On the ground floor are three wide brick arches, one in the Norman part of the hall, one in the extension and one linking the two sections. These arches have been dated by the Brick Society to the early C16. Windows were later inserted in the Elizabethan period. There can be no doubt that the extension was built in the Middle Ages to form an integral part of Moyse's Hall and that it remained so until comparatively recent times.
Moyse's Hall is one of a select group of surviving C12 stone-built houses (compare those at Norwich and Lincoln) and the extension is now an integral part of it. The extension has been well restored. Sight of a complex crown-post unimpeded by later ceiling etc, is a rarity (S1).
November 1997: Descheduled (S1).
May 2000: Record number sf6724 accidentally deleted - new replacement number sf18894 designated.
March 2001: Monitoring carried out during construction and refurbishment work at Moyses Hall Museum. Footing trenches excavated next to Brentgovel Street uncovered a medieval ditch (c.12th-14th century) which was aligned north-south. Two pits are thought to be post-medieval and two brick lined cellars were also exposed. A range of finds, mostly of pottery, were made from within the Museum and these were catalogued with the Monitoring Report (S3).
From NHRE record:
Moyse's Hall, now the Borough Museum, was a Norman dwelling house of 'first floor hall-and-solar' type, and a third apartment may have once existed. The house was built c. 1180 of flint with ashlar dressings. The two S. buttresses and the string courses are original, but not the gables. Only the S. and W. walls are entirely Norman, the rest are Tudor or of the 19th c. The E. wall was rebuilt when the road was widened. A drastic restoration took place in 1858, and the pseudo-Norman ground floor windows were then inserted. Moyse's Hall is said to have been a Jew's House or Hall or a Synagogue, but more probably it was connected with St. Edmunds Abbey to house scholars and sometimes used as a hostelry for pilgrims, (S4-S6)
- <M1> SSF50016 Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monument file. (S1).
- <R1> SSF50032 Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL86SE31.
- <S1> SSF50080 Unpublished document: English Heritage. DOE Scheduling informaton.
- <M2> SSF50072 Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. (S3).
- <S2> SSF50094 Bibliographic reference: Miscellaneous Bibliographic reference. Edwards Paul, Suff Pres Soc Survey, Table of Results, 1991.
- <S3> SSF58516 Unpublished document: Tester, A. and Anderson, S.. 2002. Archaeological Monitoring Report, 41 and 41A Cornhill (Moyses Hall).
- <S4> SSF59979 Article in serial: Margaret Wood, M.A.. 1935. Norman Domestic Architecture.
- <S5> SSF59794 Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
- <S5> SSF59980 Article in serial: 1952. Obituary of Professor Alexander Hamilton Thompson.
- FSF27669: POTTERY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
- FSF47248: TANKARD (19th century - 1800 AD? to 1899 AD?)
- FSF47249: JUG (19th century - 1800 AD? to 1899 AD?)
- FSF47250: POTTERY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF47251: BOTTLE (18th century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)
- FSF47252: FLAKE (Unknown date)
- FSF47253: BRICK (17th century to 20th century - 1600 AD to 1999 AD)
- FSF47254: TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF47255: NAIL (Unknown date)
- FSF47256: ANIMAL REMAINS (19th century to IPS: Modern - 1800 AD to 2050 AD)
- FSF47257: OYSTER SHELL (Unknown date)
- FSF47258: TOOTHBRUSH (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- FSF47259: CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (17th century to 19th century - 1600 AD to 1899 AD)
- FSF47260: BUTTON (19th century to IPS: Modern - 1800 AD to 2050 AD)
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Record last edited
Mar 11 2021 11:05AM