Monument record LKH 124 - Old Decoy; Decoy Fen

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Lakenheath decoy.


Grid reference Centred TL 6618 8507 (348m by 332m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL68NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Lakenheath decoy. Shown as ovalish open mere but marked as Lakenheath decoy on Hodskinson's map of 1783 (S1). Marked as `Old Decoy' with square surrounding ditch and ordered central pool with 8 radiating arms on OS 1892 and 1903 maps (S2).
Now shows from air as square enclosure with circa 270m sides and rounded corners. Central pool area indistinct probably due to construction of road across this point of the decoy (S3)(R1).
Built circa 1736 by one of Styward's of Lakenheath, hired by Lord Orford in about 1800 (S4).
AP shows ovalish shape to outer(?) ditch (S6).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <R1> (No record type): RCHME, AP, RC 8EH 141.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: AMD 17,18,19.
  • <S1> (No record type): Dymond D P, The County of Suffolk by Joseph Hodskinson 1783, Suff Rec Soc, 15, 1972.
  • <S2> (No record type): OS, 6 inch maps, 1892 & 1903 editions.
  • <S3> (No record type): SAU, APs AMD 17,18,19.
  • <S4> (No record type): Crompton G `History of Lakenheath Warren', Report to the Nature Conservancy, The Natural Environ Res.
  • <S5> (No record type): OS, 1:7,500 AP, 76 128 051, 1976 (with NAU?).
  • <S6> Photograph: OS, AP. OS, AP, 76 128 051, 1976.

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Record last edited

May 12 1995 12:00AM

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