Moated site at The Old Rectory, 150m north east of Malting Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019537

Date first listed: 05-Jan-2001


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Suffolk

District: Babergh (District Authority)

Parish: Elmsett

National Grid Reference: TM 05475 46694


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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, 150m north east of Malting Farm, survives well. The greater part of the island remains largely undisturbed by modern activity and will retain archaeological evidence for earlier structures, as well as other features relating to the development and character of the site throughout the periods of occupation. Comparative studies between this site and further examples, both locally and more widely, will provide valuable insights into the development of settlement in medieval England.


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The monument includes a medieval moated site at The Old Rectory, 650m to the south west of Elmsett parish church and immediately to the west of Elmsett Green. The moated site includes a sub-triangular island measuring up to 116m north- south by 74m east-west. The Old Rectory, which is situated on the east side of the island, is a Listed Building Grade II and dates from the late 15th/16th century. The island is contained by a water-filled moat, which measures up to 12m wide and 3m in depth. Access to the island is via a wide causeway across the north arm of the moat and a footbridge across the south west part of the moat. The Old Rectory and associated outhouses, the summer house, the swimming pool, all fences, gates and walls, brick steps, the footbridge across the moat and the wooden jetty on the east side of the moat, and all modern surfaces are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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Legacy System number: 33297

Legacy System: RSM


39/338, The Old Rectory, Elmsett, (1995)
ETT 002, (1995)

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