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Berry Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TF94153760
Latitude 52.90096° Longitude 0.88523°

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

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

A medieval rectangular moat can be seen on this site. A large pillar of mortared flint nearby may be the corner of a building, perhaps a gatehouse for the moated site, and is related to earthworks that can be seen around it. The present hall was built in 1532 by Mr Berry. It was considerably altered in C17. (Norfolk HER)

(TF94163763) Ruins of medieval house 150 yds SE of Berry Hall. Some portion of walling, and extensive foundations within a moated enclosure. No details visible by which the remains can be dated. (Berry Hall is Early Tudor) The published (but unnamed) moat at the site indicated above carries no traces of a former building on its island. Together with an associated pond to the S it is maintained as an ornamental garden feature cum duckpond.

The ruin published as 'stone' at TF94213757, is on the opposite side of the river and is a free standing piece of flint masonary detached 6.0m to the E of a rectangular foundation, three sides of which are still visible. No traces of a moat could be identified although the field is cut up by old drainage ditches (Field Investigator 1971). (PastScape)
Comments

Alterations in the drainage may have made reading the location of this site difficult. A ruined church stands close by. Does not seem to be mentioned by the Norfolk historian Francis Blomefield. The current Berry Hall of C16 origin is not within the moat but may well stand on the site of buildings of the medieval manorial complex.
Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson for bringing this site to our attention.
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