Moated site at Redhouse Farm


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East Suffolk (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TM 24409 56744

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 Redhouse Farm is of an unusual form and is one of a group within a radius of approximately 4km which, together, illustrate the diversity of this class of monument. The central platform and a large part of the moat survive well and will retain valuable archaeological information concerning the construction and use of the site.


The monument includes a moated site, located on a spur 600m to the north of Potsford Brook, close to the northern boundary of Charsfield parish and approximately 1km north-west of the village. The moated site survives as a rectilinear platform, partly enclosed by a water-filled ditch which is approximately 2m deep and 6m to 9m in width. The platform comprises a quadrangular area with maximum dimensions of approximately 67m east-west by 38m north-south, with a rectangular projection, measuring 20m east-west by 18m north-south internally, on the western end of the south side. The moat ditch surrounds the north-eastern corner and the east and south sides of the platform, with an offset delimiting the east, south and west sides of the projecting area to the south. On the south side of the projecting area it is crossed by a causeway. The western arm of the moat has been largely filled in, except at its southern end, and the west side of the platform is defined in part by a narrower drain, following the same line. The infilled moat ditch survives as a buried feature below and to the east of the drain, where it is marked by a slight hollow in the ground surface, and to the north, where its outer edge is visible as a slight scarp, approximately 0.3m in height. A hollow, approximately 8m wide and 0.3m deep in the adjoining ground surface to the east, marks what appears to be a short, infilled internal ditch projecting from the centre of the western arm of the moat into the interior. The northern arm of the moat survives mostly as a buried feature, although it is visible on the east side of the monument, where it borders the platform for approximately 18m, and continues eastwards from the north-eastern corner for a distance of approximately 35m. This eastern extension of the ditch is dry and measures 5m in width and 1m in depth.

Excluded from the scheduling are a modern concrete causeway at the eastern end of the southern arm of the moat, which separates it from the eastern arm in which the water level is up to 1m lower, the dwelling-house which stands at the southern edge of the platform and which is dated in part to the 17th century and Listed Grade II, the adjacent outbuildings and the driveway, board fencing and wire fencing surrounding the garden on the inner edge of the moat, associated posts and gates, all service pipes and cables, all inspection chambers and an old pump head to the north of the house, but the ground beneath all these buildings and features is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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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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