Pond Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NamePond Hall
Alternative NamesLe Ponde; Plessis
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishHadleigh

Helming Legette, constable of Windsor Castle, obtained a licence to empark his manor of Pond Hall in 1369 and two years later to raise the status of his house by embattlement.

Site of moat, crenallated manor house & chapel in manor of Pond Hall (Domesday manor of Lafham?). Pond Hall had an estate of 639 acres in 1369. A licence to crenellate 'Le Pond Hall in Hadleigh" was granted in 1371 to Helming Legat. Passed, by marriage, to D'Oyly family in 1390s (until beginning of C18th). In C15th John D'Oyley obtained a grant (from Archbishop of Canterbury) for a family chapel at Pond Hall.

Existing building may date back to mid C15th but no trace of Legat's buildings so possibly existing replaced earlier structure or it was at another location.

A sketch map of circa 1800 shows Pond Hall surrounded on three sides by a huge moat, which had largely gone by 1839. Details of house, manor and park in Andrews (2005). (Suffolk HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM051418
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (Shown on map of fortified houses of East Anglia)
  • Martin, Edward, 1999 (3edn), 'Medieval Castles' in Dymond, David and Martin, Edward (eds) An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (Lavenham) p. 58-9
  • Copinger, W.A., 1909, Manors of Suffolk Vol. 3 p. 159-63 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 417 online copy


  • < >Andrews, S. and Hoppitt, R., 2011, 'Helming Leget, Royal Servant, and a possible designed landscape at Pond Hall, Hadleigh' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 42.3 p. 300-324 < > online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1914, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1370-74) Vol. 15 p. 54 online copy


  • Andrews, S., 2005, Following the deer: in search of Pond Hall Park, Hadleigh, Suffolk (Held by Suffolk HER)