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Falstoff's Moat

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Falstoff's Wood; Kimberley Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TG08410374
Latitude 52.59196° Longitude 1.07638°

Falstoff's Moat has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Well defined moat with not totally convincing entrance in north corner on northwest arm, but no other surface evidence of entrance onto 38m x 25m interior platform. Slightly narrower northeast arm is V-shaped with southward flow of water, possibly due to drainage from arable land to northwest.
Exterior spoil bank flanks the western corner, extending along northwest arm, southwest and southeast arms also, less distinct on southeast. Southwest arm cut by inlet leat, a gently sinuous natural looking watercourse with a banked and ditched enclosure to its north, possibly contemporary with the moat. The outlet leat is in east corner, truncated by present stream, but a shallow damp channel exists to east and is the probable original natural route. One sherd (bowl rim) of unglazed early medieval pottery found in moat southwest arm. Northwest of moat a bank heads towards the woodland boundary centrally from the moat arm, with a small pond-like depression to its west. (Norfolk HER–ref. B. Cushion site visit 1998)
Believed to be the site of a manor house which was abandoned in 1400, when Sir John Wodehouse built a much grander house about 900m to the north west (NHER 8918). (Norfolk HER)

For bringing this site to our attention Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson.
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