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Elsing Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TG03991600
Latitude 52.70333° Longitude 1.01786°

Elsing Hall has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Moated medieval manor house, altered in the mid C18 and restored and extended in 1852 by Thomas Jekyll. The medieval house was built circa 1460-70 by Sir Hugh Hastings. It comprised a central open hall with cross wings, a chapel to the east and service wing to the west. Much of the present exterior is C19 in date. The foundations of a gatehouse, a tower and a stretch of curtain wall were identified in 1852 and excavated in the 1980s. They are believed to date from C15. (PastScape)

A defensive moat with associated fishponds encircles the Hall. The moat island is not raised above the surrounding countryside and it seems likely that the spoil from the moat ditch was used to construct retaining banks on the west and south sides. The moat is in good condition and is fed by a stream which enters at the south-east corner. The moat discharges on the west side into the fishpond and from there back into the mother stream. The original and only entrance is from the north. Flint foundations of a massive character, possibly C13 (Boston, 1950) are visible on the west side of the island, and also immediately to the south of the entrance bridge. (PastScape–Field Investigators Comments–F1 JB 25-FEB-73)
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