Monument record LKH 115 - Main Warrener's Lodge, Lakenheath Warren

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Lakenheath Lodge; Warrener's Lodge (1783), the main lodge, in centre of Lakenheath Rabbit Warren.


Grid reference Centred TL 7521 8075 (36m by 31m)
Map sheet TL78SE


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Full Description

Lakenheath Warrener's Lodge. Post-medieval building on exterior presumably masking Medieval hunting lodge core, cf Thetford Warren Lodge and Mildenhall Warreners Lodge (MNL 134), though note further (more central to surrounding rectagular enclosure) building, which had gone by circa 1904, shown on 1880s OS map to SW.
'By 1649 there were already 3 lodges on the Warren' [Lakenheath](S3).
Shown and named as 'Lakenheath Lodge' on Hodskinsons map of Suffolk 1783 (S1) & on later maps of 1813, 1853 & 1878 (S2) & OS maps.

Improvements & extentions were made to the lodges on Lakenheath Warren by Duleep Singh in the 19th century. By 1878 the main lodge had been repaired & extensive stables and cartsheds provided (S3).

2009: Lakenheath Warren was given a wooden lodge in 1365 and this was replaced by a stone building in 1387 (S5).

2010: The Breckland Society's survey of The Warrens of Breckland identified the perimeter banks for the rabbit warren (see LKH 174) and associated lodges. Three lodges are mentioned in the Terrier of 1649 and two fo these may only have been occupied during the trapping season, with the main lodge located in the centre of the warren (S4)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Hodskinson, J.. 1972. Dymond, D. P. (Ed), The County of Suffolk Surveyed. Dymond D P (Ed), The County of Suffolk surveyed by Joseph Hodskinson, Suff Rec Soc, 15, 1972.
  • <S2> Source Checked: Suffolk Record Office. Ms maps, HD 1720/3 (Bury).
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Crompton, G.. 1972. History of Lakenheath Warren: A historical study for ecologists, report to the Nature Conservancy. Crompton G, History of Lakenheath Warren: A historical study for ecologists, report to the Nature C.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: The Breckland Society. 2010. The Warrens of Breckland: A Survey by The Breckland Society.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Mason, A.. 2009. The Archaeology of the Warrens of Thetford Forest. p.27.

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Record last edited

May 8 2018 1:31PM

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