Bessingham Moat Yard

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameBessingham Moat Yard
Alternative NamesThe Castle; Moatyards; Basingham
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishSustead

King writes possible castle large low moated work. Liddiard writes is doubtful.

A moated enclosure exists at this location. It is known locally as 'The Castle' or 'Moatyards', and the bumpy interior was heavily overgrown until recent management. The internal earthwork features take the form of ridges and ditches running away towards the church. An associated mound has been recorded and the presence of clay pigeon fragments suggests it was used as a shooting mound at some point in the past. The moated enclosure, earthworks and mound have not been securely dated. It seems unlikely that the mound is prehistoric as suggested by some sources, but the enclosure could be the remnants of a medieval manorial site or deserted settlement. (Norfolk HER)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG163372
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  • Liddiard, R., 2000, Landscapes of Lordship (British Archaeological Reports British Series 309) p. 16
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 310
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1962, Buildings of England: Norwich and north-east Norfolk (Penguin) p. 88
  • Blomefield, F., 1807, 'North Erpingham Hundred: Basingham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 8 p. 83-4 (tenurial history) online transcription


  • 1870-1873, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeolology (ser2) Vol. 5 p. 32-35