High Roothing New Hall

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameHigh Roothing New Hall
Alternative NamesNewhall-Jocelyn
Historic CountryEssex
Modern AuthorityEssex
1974 AuthorityEssex
Civil ParishHigh Roothing

Moat remains and is 70m square with an average width of 7.0m. A manorial complex was probably established here by Sir Thomas Josselyn soon after 1544. The complex consisted of a large brick-lined moat, a house of E-plan with two storey porch and a court-hall. RCHM recorded part of the house, chapel and gatehouse in 1914, (according to DOE, the original record card is more informative than the Inventory) but the remaining part was destroyed by enemy action in 1943). A C16 barn with one aisle survives, 60m SW of the moat. The barn has brick nogging on those elevations which would be seen from the south and south east. The roof has plain crown posts. The manor was described as Newhall-Jocelyn in the inquisition post mortem of Sir Thomas Josselyn of 1562, and the house is named as such in John Norden's county map of 1594. It seems that Sir Thomas Josselyn established a new manorial site there, in preference to the older site near the parish church. (Listing report –The site is not listed but the listing for the Barn records details of the manor site.)

Gatehouse Comments

Not described by any author as fortified and included because has been confused with New Hall, Boreham (Beaulieu Palace) which was issued an licence to crenellate. However the site is, in fact, very similar to many house which were granted licences to crenellate. Most licenced houses were such moated houses but only about 1 in 10 of such houses had a licence.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTL580162
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  • RCHME, 1921, An inventory of the historical monuments in Essex Vol. 2 (central and south-west) p. 135 no. 6 online transcription