Hawkers Hall

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameHawkers Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishRedenhall With Harleston

Ordnance Survey maps have described a 'moat' on this site for over a hundred years. Site visits in the 1980s confirmed a circular moat and mound, as well as a number of linear water filled features, and a motte and bailey was suggested. However, work in the early 1990s destroyed the mound and infilled one of the larger linear features, and it is thought that the mound represented just the spoil from the ditches. Metal detecting on the site has recovered only one Late Saxon coin. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Can be rejected on weakness of topographical evidence. According to Blomefield Hawker's Manor (Which may well be this moat) was held, directly from the king, 'by the grand serjeanty of keeping a goshawk for the King's use, and carrying it every year to the King at his Majesty's cost.' This is an early moat, probably pre-Conquest in origin.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM251847
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  • Blomefield, F., 1806, 'Hundred of Earsham: Redenhall' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 5 p. 370 (tenurial history) online transcription

Primary Sources

  • 1920, Liber Feodorum: The Book of Fees, commonly called the Testa de Neville Vol. 1 AD1198-1242 (London) p. 10, 130, 279, 593 view online transcription