Monument record BSC 001 - St Clare Hall

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Moat of quadrangular form, but mutilated on the W side, containing important court hall. listed building


Grid reference Centred TL 9200 5771 (101m by 93m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL95NW


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Moat of quadrangular form, but mutilated on the W side, is at St Clare's Hall (S1).
An ancient moated structure formerly used as a grange of Bury St Edmunds Abbey (R1).
St Clare Hall is C16 timber-framed and in poor repair. It has lost most of its architectural character (R2).
A waterfilled homestead moat surrounds St Clare Hall which, although now in good repair, is basically as described by the DOE and not outstanding. The moat measures overall about 70m E to W x 65m N to S with arms averaging circa 7m wide. It is complete but for a portion of the W arm. No trace of an earlier structure within the enclosed area, 1973 (S4).
Isolated 520m from parish boundary, 1000m from church (S5).
The present building has 3 distinct phases of construction from the C14 to the C17 and is great historic interest. The rear wing to the east is mid C14 & retains 2 fine crown posts and appears to represent a manorial court hall of exceptional rarity and historic importance (precis). Details in (S6).

1066/86 Manor of Bradfield belonged to Abbot of St Edmunds. 3 carucates valued at £8. Ancient lords of St Clare or De Sancto Claro.
1207 G. de St Clare, seat said to be situated in a noble park. Manor held of the Abbot of St Edmunds by service of 1 1/2 knights fees.
1337 passes by inheritance to W. de Montchensey.
1493 J. Jerveys owns.
1552 linked to RBK and RGH, Davers family.(S7)

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <M1> (No record type): Moats file: OS 1:2500 maplet.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Atfield, R.. 2008. Monitoring Report Generic. Atfield R, SCCAS 2006/010.
  • <R1> (No record type): Dickinson P G M, Little Guide to Suffolk, 1957, 79.
  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: 1911. VCH Suffolk 1. 605.
  • <S2> (No record type): OS, map 1:10560, 1959.
  • <M2> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. AP: NMR 13355/8.
  • <R2> (No record type): DOE,(HHR), Thingoe Rural District Suffolk, April 1951, 10.
  • <S3> (No record type): OS, map 1:10000, 1979.
  • <R3> (No record type): White, Directory, 1855.
  • <S4> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM95NW8, 1976.
  • <S5> (No record type): SAU, West S E, undated.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Survey. Alston L A, St Clare Hall, Bradfield St Clare, Suffolk: Outline Survey of Historic Fabric, Sept 2005.
  • <S7> Suffolk County Historic Environment Record: Suffolk County Council Sites and Monuments Record: Bradfield St Clare..

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Jul 29 2019 1:35PM

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