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Down Hall Motte

In the civil parish of Hatfield Heath.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of Essex.
1974 county of Essex.
Medieval County of Essex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL52411299
Latitude 51.79513° Longitude 0.20875°

Down Hall Motte has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


A large oval-shaped mound, 31.5 metres long, 28.0 metres wide and 1.6 metres high, with outer ditch approx. 4.0 metres wide and 0.5m deep. The icehouse of the old hall was built into the N side of the mound but only the walls of the vault remain. Condition of feature, overgrown, correct as shown on Field Sheet. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 JET 14-MAR-50).
A mound, overgrown with trees and scrub, as described by F1. The ditch is visible around the NE arc, but there is no trace in the SW, adjacent to the drive, where refuse has been tipped. The purpose of the mound is not known. It may be an ornamental feature associated with the present Down Hall built 1868 or an earlier house on the same site built in the late 17th/early 18th century. However the possibility that it is a motte cannot be dismissed, though no bailey is apparent. (Field Investigators Comments–F2 NKB 14-SEP-71). (PastScape)

The location is next to a stately home but away from parish churches. However this was the site of a medieval manor. Any bailey there may have been, if this was a motte, would be likely to have been lost under later rebuilding.
Recorded in PastScape as in Hatfield Broad Oak CP but appears to be in Hatfield Heath CP.
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