Monument record CAC 005 - The Island

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A rectangular moat, of probably medieval date, survives as an earthwork. It is visible on aerial photographs and depicted on modern and historic Ordnance Survey maps. Medieval finds have been recovered from the area.


Grid reference Centred TM 5107 8949 (67m by 77m)
Map sheet TM58NW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Rectangular moat, entrance on E side, unoccupied. Depth averages 3 feet Good condition 1952 (S1).
Lead seal C12-C13, illegible, unfinished (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s). Found with a metal detector, information from GMDC (S2).
Lead seal matrix, C13, circular with pierced suspension loop - `Seal of Matilda Runting' around an 8-pointed star (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) (S3).
January 1999: Scheduled. Details in (S4).

June 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
The probable medieval moat described above is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs (S5-S6). It is clearest on relatively recent aerial photographs, on which its form differs little from that depicted on modern Ordnance Survey maps.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 18th June 2014.

This small moat lies in flat arable land circa 15.0m above OD. It has overall dimensions of 46.0m east to west and 46.0m north to south. The unusually wide waterfilled arms have a maximum width of 1.5m. A causeway spans the eastern arm and an inlet is visible at the south west corner but no outlet can be seen. The island is very small and stands 0.5m above the surrounding area and is covered by fruit trees. No building remains are evident.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • --- Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 RSC 07-MAR-79.
  • <M1> (No record type): Moat file: OS 1:2500 maplet.
  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM58NW1, 1952.
  • <S2> (No record type): Bond A (GMDC) per NAU (Gregory A), undated.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S3).
  • <S3> (No record type): Bond A (GMDC) per SAU (Martin E), finds report, November 1989.
  • <M3> Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monument file. SAM file.
  • <S4> Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monument file. EH, Scheduling Information, 1998-1999.
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Airmap71 51 51718357-51718358 28-MAR-1971.
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/89046 V 239-240 18-MAR-1989 (EHA).

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Jun 24 2022 1:14PM

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