Moated site at The Old Rectory


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Scheduled Monument
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East Suffolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TM 25169 49939

Reasons for Designation

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England. They consist of wide ditches, often or seasonally water-filled, partly or completely enclosing one or more islands of dry ground on which stood domestic or religious buildings. In some cases the islands were used for horticulture. The majority of moated sites served as prestigious aristocratic and seigneurial residences with the provision of a moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical military defence. The peak period during which moated sites were built was between about 1250 and 1350 and by far the greatest concentration lies in central and eastern parts of England. However, moated sites were built throughout the medieval period, are widely scattered throughout England and exhibit a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes. They form a significant class of medieval monument and are important for the understanding of the distribution of wealth and status in the countryside. Many examples provide conditions favourable to the survival of organic remains.

The moated site at The Old Rectory survives well as an example of a moated site which combined the functions of a rectory and a manor. It will retain important archaeological information concerning its construction and use during the medieval and early post-medieval periods.


The monument includes a moated site, located south of Hasketon village, 450m from St Andrew's Church, on a north-facing hill slope. The sub-rectangular central island, which has maximum internal dimensions of 65m north-south by 48m east-west, is surrounded by a moat approximately 2m deep and ranging from 6m to 9m in width. The site therefore has maximum dimensions of approximately 80m by 62m. A wide, central causeway across the western arm of the moat gives access to the interior and plans of the site show another causeway across the opposite, eastern arm, although this is probably not original. A pipe beneath the causeway connects the two parts of the western arm. The eastern arm to the north of this second causeway has now been filled in but it survives as a buried feature. The rest of the moat is water-filled by surface drainage and a field ditch on the north side takes the overflow. On the southern edge of the site, the moat has been terraced so that the outer bank of the southern arm stands more than 1m higher than the surface of the interior. In the Court Rolls between 1467 and 1606 there are a number of references to the rectory manor and the rector and holder of the manor in 1542 is recorded as one Thomas Tomson. The house, which stands on the north side of the central platform, is of 19th- century date and Listed Grade II. It is excluded from the scheduling, together with the associated outbuildings, all fences within and on the boundary of the site, the driveway, all service pipes and inspection chambers, a service pole which stands on the central platform, and a modern wooden footbridge across the southern arm of the moat, but the ground beneath all these buildings and features is included.

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Books and journals
Copinger, W A, History of the Manors of Suffolk, (1909)
Pendlebury, Mrs M H, (1992)


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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