Monument record CHF 007 - Post Medieval duck decoy pond.

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A duck decoy pond of Post Medieval date is located within Decoy wood, Chillesford parish, and is marked on Hodskinsons map of 1783


Grid reference Centred TM 3896 5192 (236m by 206m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM35SE


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Full Description

Decoy pond with 6 hooked arms within woodland, marked on Hodskinsons 1783 map (S1). Still working in 1907. `It covers 20 acres, 12 acres of which are open water; it is over 100 years old' (S2). `It also appears on the estate map of 1807' (S3)(R1)(R2).
A duck decoy pond is partially visible on aerial photographs of 1943 onwards as an earthwork within the woodland known as Decoy Wood, centred on circa TM38985193, Chillesford parish (S4). As described above it is marked on Hodskinsons 1783 map giving it a Post Medieval date, but it is also clearly mapped on both the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 and 1904 suggesting it may have continued into use well into the 20th century (S5-6). However, by 1943 when the feature is first visible on aerial photographs, and on later photographs, it is appears to be silted up and overgrown, rendering much of the area of the pond, including the arms, invisible to aerial survey (S7).

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <R1> (No record type): Payne-Gallwey Sir R, The Book of Duck Decoys, 1886.
  • <S1> (No record type): Dymond D P (Ed), The County of Suffolk by J Hodskinson, 1783, Suff Rec Soc, 15, 1972.
  • <R2> (No record type): Sudbourne Hall Estate Map of 1807.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Victoria County History of Suffolk (Vol I 1911; Vol II 1907). VCH, Suffolk, II, 1907, 373.
  • <S3> (No record type): Day J W, `The Duck Decoys of Suffolk', E Anglian Mag, 40, January 1981, 125.
  • <S4> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US 7PH/GP/LOC132 5040-1 30-DEC-1943.
  • <S5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S6> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1904.
  • <S7> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/721921 013-014 10-JUL-1972.

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Record last edited

Jun 28 2013 9:41AM

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