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Scoulton Moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Common Hill; Cobbled Meadow

In the civil parish of Scoulton.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF964016
Latitude 52.57745° Longitude 0.89647°

Scoulton Moat has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

Description

A large rectangular moated site at TF 964017. (Clarke, 1958) The site has been levelled. There are no surface remains. No moat is mentioned in local and county histories consulted, APs were consulted with negative results and Tithe and estate maps show no feature or indicative field names. R R Clarke's authority, however, is good (if first-hand). Norwich museum have nothing to add (F1 JB 24-JAN-73). (PastScape)

In 1960, two sherds of medieval pottery were recovered from a moated site west of Abergavenny Farm. This site is called the Cobbled Meadow and a large rectangular moat, double concentric ring ditch and other complex earthworks are visible from the ground as well as the air. It has been speculated that this is the possible castle site (rather than NHER 8808) but this has not been proven. (Norfolk HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1319 Oct 16 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

In 1319 Oct 16, Constantinus de Mortuo Mari (Constantin Mortimer) was granted a licence to crenellate Sculton, county Norfolk. The location of this house is not securely identified but was in this parish. Two possible sites are identified this lost moat and a supposed motte site. Gatehouse considers the Scoulton Moat as the slightly more tenable location for the licenced Mortimer House. It is, of course, possible the licenced house was a new build on a new site and both of these sites represent the location of succeeding manor houses. Equally the evidence that either is a manor house site is slight. There were also two manors in Scoulton both of which were of sufficient status to expect to have a moated manor house.
The site is isolated from modern settlement but Scoulton does seem to be a parish of dispersed settlement, without any clear nucleus.
The Norfolk HER record lists this as a Motte and Bailey, presumably on the bases on a cropmark of a ring ditch.
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