Monument record GSE 001 - Gisleham Manor House

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Summary

Moat, isolated, small square, central to large square enclosure, Gisleham Manor House, central platform unoccupied, buildings in outer court. Scheduled

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 5138 8794 (207m by 191m)
Map sheet TM58NW
Civil Parish GISLEHAM, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Moat, isolated, small square, central to large square enclosure, Gisleham Manor House, central platform unoccupied, buildings, including `Manor Farm', in outer court.
'Gisleham Manor House (site of)' recorded on OS maps. According to owner, central area archaeologically excavated about 25 years ago (i.e. c.1974) with JCB by trenching. No further details (S1).
January 1999: Being assessed for scheduling (S1).
July 2000: Scheduled - details in (S2).
November 2000: Monitoring of soil strip over former cottage footings (perhaps former gatehouse). Area to south of site between inner and outer moats. One ditch with domestic refuse and worked stone from machined surface. Details to follow.

August 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
The moat described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs (S4-S9). Several earthwork ditches are also visible in the vicinity, one of which is located between the inner and outer moats, but these have been recorded separately (SHER GSE 080) as they were considered likely to represent post medieval drainage features. An earthwork bank, also located between the inner and outer moats was also considered likely to relate to post medieval clearance of the moat, although it is possible that this does in fact relate to the medieval period of the manor.
E. Ford (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 7th August 2014.

A double moat at Manor Farm, Gisleham. The inner averages 24ft wide, the banks rising 4ft above water level. The outer one,
measuring 500 ft by 520 ft averaging 12ft wide, the banks being 3ft 6 ins above water level (S10).

This double moat is situated in flat arable land circa 15.0m above Od. The inner moat with overall dimensions of 64.0m north to south and 56.0m east to west has three complete waterfilled arms, the southern one having been partially infilled. The arms have a maximum width of 14.0m and a maximum depth of 0.5m. An inlet from the outer moat is visible in the north east corner but no outlet can be seen. The island stands 1.0m above the surrounding area and is ploughed. Building rubble is evident scattered over the area. The outer moat has overall dimensions of 159.0m north to south and 170.0m east to west. The waterfilled arms have a maximum depth of 2.0m and a maximum width of 10.0m The western arm is broken in the centre by a causeway, the southern arm has been partly destroyed by the construction of the present farm. An inlet is visible at the south west corner but no outlet could be found. The area between the two moats is part ploughed and part wooded. No finds of interest were made. No local information was at hand regarding the site of Gisleham Manor House (S11).

Listed as a strong house by Cathcart King (S12)

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <M1> Scheduling record: English Heritage. Scheduled Ancient Monument file. (S1)(S2).
  • <S1> Unpublished document: English Heritage. Site Report. Bamford H (English Heritage), January 1999.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: English Heritage. Scheduling Information.
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/930 RP 3127-3128 16-OCT-1945 (EHA).
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/540/495 RP 3075-3076 12-MAY-1951 (EHA).
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/89054 V 367-368 27-MAR-1989 (EHA).
  • <S7> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/96545 V 251-252 27-APR-1996 (EHA).
  • <S8> Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR 21818/11 30-SEP-2002 (EHA).
  • <S9> Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR 21740/03 30-SEP-2002 (EHA).
  • <S10> Bibliographic reference: 1911. Victoria County History, Suffolk (VCH). pg610.
  • <S11> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 RSC 06-MAR-79.
  • <S12> Index: David J Cathcart King. 1983. Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands.

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Jun 24 2022 12:11PM

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