Monument record IPS 497 - Holywells Park, Moated Enclosure, Ipswich, (IAS 9002).
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 17551 43564 (126m by 174m)|
|Civil Parish||IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (3)
2006: A trenched evaluation was proposed within this moated enclosure in advance of new play equipment being installed in the area. Long believed to be the site of the Ipswich residence of the bishops of Norwich, excavation showed that no substantial structure stood within the moat and that settlement within the moated area itself was unlikely. Documentary research by Anthony Breen has indicated that the bishops of Norwich were very infrequent visitors to Ipswich and that a large residence was doubtful. Rather than thinking in terms of a bishop's palace, it is more probable that the bishop's interests were served by his representative or bailiff who had a more modest dwelling. A quantity of pottery, tile and oyster shell of late medieval to early post-medieval date indicates nearby settlement during this period. Glazed and imported pottery and early rooftile might suggest that a high status dwelling could be within the vicinity. Local schools, youth organisations and community groups were invited to site and helped with the recovery of finds from selected layers and from the spoil heaps (S1).
2007: Archaeological monitoring of desilting of the moat at Holywells Park revealed four bored elm tree trunks used as pipes totalling 12m, possibly for an ornimental fountain (S2).
See also IPS 063.
[letter, number] refers to mentions in the Suffolk Council Archaeological Service Ipswich Documentary Card index, (S6).
Lords moat, 1651
- <S1> SSF52404 Unpublished document: Meredith, J.. 2006. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Holywells Prak, Moated site, Ipswich, IPS 497.
- <S2> SSF53352 Unpublished document: Sommers M. 2007. Monitoring report. Ipswich: Holywells Park - Moated Enclosure (IPS 497), Ipswich.
- <S3> SSF50070 Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. 1941.95.
- <S4> SSF57771 Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Ipswich Documentary Card index.
- FSF33411: PIPE (ARCHITECTURAL) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF34808: POTTERY (12th century to 14th century - 1100 AD to 1399 AD)
- FSF34809: ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF42859: POTTERY (13th century to 14th century - 1200 AD to 1399 AD)
- FSF42860: POTTERY (15th century - 1400 AD to 1499 AD)
- FSF42862: POTTERY (17th century to 19th century - 1600 AD to 1899 AD)
- FSF42863: POTTERY CONTINENTAL IMPORT (13th century to 17th century - 1250 AD to 1650 AD)
- FSF42864: POTTERY CONTINENTAL IMPORT (14th century to 19th century - 1300 AD to 1800 AD)
- FSF42865: BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF42866: FIRED CLAY (Undated)
- FSF42867: CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF42868: FLAKE (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF42869: CORE (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF42870: WINDOW GLASS (Unknown date)
- FSF42871: NAIL (Unknown date)
- FSF42872: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Unknown date)
- FSF42873: ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
- FSF42874: OYSTER SHELL (Unknown date)
- None recorded
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (3)
Record last edited
Aug 1 2017 2:48PM