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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM390615
Latitude 52.21283° Longitude 1.49555°

Sternfield has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


Licence to crenellate granted to Sir Michael de la Pole in 1385. Coulson states nothing constructed on the bases of this licence.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1385 April 27 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Licenced with Wingfield and Huntingfield, which did result in building work (certainly at Wingfield, possibly at Huntingfield), but lack of evidence, de la Pole fall from grace the next year, and the possibility of over extended funds does suggest that nothing was built here.
There were two medieval manors in the parish, Mandeville's Manor and Virlies or Glanville's manor. Copinger suggests that the licence was applied to Virlies manor, which seems to be the smaller manor so perhaps the trapzoid moat is the site. Sternfield Hall, at TM39056135, has a wing of late C16 date and is probably the site of the one medieval manor house. A cropmark of a low lying trapzoid moat is recorded in the Suffolk HER in square TM3915 but not more precisely located and this may well be the Virlies Manor House site. Is is possible the trapizoidal moat was laid out by de la Pole and started but not finished leaving just a faint hint?
Given map reference for parish church. Information on a more precise location of Virlies Manor would be most welcome.
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