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Hawstead Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hansted; Hausted; Hausteede; Hawsted; Jew's Yard

In the civil parish of Hawstead.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL85595970
Latitude 52.20418° Longitude 0.71448°

Hawstead Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

Description

Robert Drury was granted, in 1510, licence to crenellate his manors of Hansted Hall, Buknahams and Onhowshalle, Suff.

Hawstead Manor (site of). 'Hawsteede Mannor House' and a house symbol shown on a map of c.1616 (Gage). Area shown on modern 1:10000 map as a roughly rectangular grove with two ponds within it, possibly the remains of a moat. (Suffolk HER)

Of the building published only a few fragments of walling can now be seen, the entire area being fenced off and overgrown. Both the triangular and the long narrow ponds still hold water but do not seem to have formed part of a moat. (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 BHS 06-JAN-76)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1510 March 8 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Emery puts this in Buckinghamshire (presumably a misinterpretation of Buknahams), but this is Hawstead Hall, Suffolk.
The long narrow pond seems to have been on the side of the hall facing the parish church and from which the house was most probably approached. Thus the house may have had a partial and symbolic moat on the approach side. However it should be noted that Cullum writing in 1784, who lived in the parish, wrote the site was moated so it is possible that 200+ years of agricultural activity have altered the site in a manner that has mislead the field investigator. Uncertain when it was abandoned although it may have been around 1615 when the Drury estates were divided between several heirs (Copinger, p. 39), the main heirs, the Cullum's seem to have lived at Hardwick House, 2km north, from the mid C17.
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