Monument record WLW 005 - High Hall (Med)

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Rectilinear moat, open ended to W, entrance (?) to E.


Grid reference Centred TM 0262 7165 (108m by 104m) Centred on
Map sheet TM07SW


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Rectilinear moat, open ended to W, entrance (?) to E. Possible subsiduary enclosure to S, pond to W (S1). N and E sides of main moat now infilled as is W side of possible subsiduary enclosure (S2).
Buildings within and to W of main moated area.
Once one of Walsham manors, circa 1293-1351, called Wyldcattes, when held successively by Roger de Walsham, Nicholas de Walsham, John de Walsham and Edmund Wellys and Margery de Walsham. By 1390 it had become part of the Manor of Walsham (S3).
One sherd unglazed gritty grey ware and two Med keys found. 1934: Excavation in garden on S side near house, small circular sunken structure, brick lined with solid brick floor. Tudor? (S4). 1982: Fieldwalking revealed C13 potsherds.
See also PMed.

The doubtful remains of a moat are at High Hall. To the SE of the house is a pond, c 44.0m long and 9.0m average width, being the only feature of "moat-like" proportions. The dried-up ditches around the N, E, and SW sides are no more than 6.0m wide, and are being filled in: they do not resemble the remains of a moat. The site slopes down from N to S, and the height differences between N and S "arms" is about 2.0m.
High Hall is now derelict. The only evidence of early work is some Tudor brick in the central chimney stack, otherwise the house is 20th century in external appearance (S5).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> (No record type): OS, record map TM 07 SW.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: X-rays of keys.
  • <S2> (No record type): OS, map 1:10,000, TM 07 SW, 1984.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volumes, card index.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Dodd K M (ed). 1974. The Field Book of Walsham-le-Willows 1577, Suff Rec Soc, 17. 12n,13,33,128.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XXIII, 20-23; XCIV, 45; card index 398.
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 NKB 08-NOV-73.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 8 2022 5:19PM

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