Monument record PSM 002 - Priory Farm

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Moat, single E-W arm.


Grid reference Centred TL 938 507 (226m by 108m)
Map sheet TL95SW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Moat, single E-W arm. Possible remains of S arm also.
Situated on W edge of village, 900m from church.
Marked as `moat' on OS 1:10560 map. Elongated, roughly rectangular, piece of pasture with a large ditch on the north and partial remains of a similar ditch on the south side. The present farmhouse is at the western end of this pasture. Within the pasture, backing onto the north ditch, is a timber- framed barn. To the east of the barn is a roughly rectangular raised platform, surrounded by a depression on three sides, the fourth side being the northern ditch. There are other humps and bumps and possible divisions in the pasture. At the east end is a slight circular depression, said to be the site of a windmill (S2).
Priory Manor, held in the C13 by the Mendham and Walsham families (probably as under-tenants of the de Veres, the holders of the main Preston Manor - echoing the situation in Mendham) is said to have been granted by Thomas de Mendham to Holy Trinity Priory, Ipswich; the Priory was holding the estate by 1331. After the Dissolution of the Priory in 1537, this manor was granted, in 1543, to Andrew Judde, and almost immediately regranted to Robert Spring of Lavenham (S3).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL95SW7.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: field report form and outline history.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Martin E, 1990.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Copinger W A. Manors of Suffolk. Copinger W A, Manors of Suffolk, I, 1907.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: 1911. Victoria County History, Suffolk (VCH).
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 PAS 01-MAR-73.
  • <S6> Map: OS. OS Map.
  • <S7> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Record last edited

Mar 29 2021 2:55PM

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