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Pond Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Le Ponde; Plessis

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM051418
Latitude 52.03720° Longitude 0.98986°

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

There are no visible remains.


Helming Legette, constable of Windsor Castle, obtained a licence to empark his manor of Pond Hall in 1369 and two years later to raise the status of his house by embattlement.

Site of moat, crenallated manor house & chapel in manor of Pond Hall (Domesday manor of Lafham?). Pond Hall had an estate of 639 acres in 1369. A licence to crenellate 'Le Pond Hall in Hadleigh" was granted in 1371 to Helming Legat. Passed, by marriage, to D'Oyly family in 1390s (until beginning of C18th). In C15th John D'Oyley obtained a grant (from Archbishop of Canterbury) for a family chapel at Pond Hall.
Existing building may date back to mid C15th but no trace of Legat's buildings so possibly existing replaced earlier structure or it was at another location.
A sketch map of circa 1800 shows Pond Hall surrounded on three sides by a huge moat, which had largely gone by 1839. Details of house, manor and park in Andrews (2005). (Suffolk HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1371 March 1 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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