Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

Alternative NamesCockfield Hall
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishYoxford

Emery writes "At Yoxford, the inhabitants recalled for an estate register that 'in very ancient days, the manor was walled about with walls and a moat, which said site was formly built upon, and was then called the inner court of the manor', but by 1471 this fortified house had been reduced to no more than 'jambs and posts'."

Square (?, original form unknown) unoccupied moat, 2 arms remaining,W of Cockfield Hall (YOX 006). Earlier mapping only shows the existing two arms from 1836 onwards suggesting these may be fishponds or ornamental landscape features in the garden of the hall - detailed maps of 1792 & 1793 do not show these ponds! There does appear to have been stew ponds to the West of the house which may have been in the area of the existing ponds.

Medieval documents refer to the mansion as within a square moat and other buildings outside the moat (see Rolfe and Breen 2008 for details).

Note: a very large rectangular structure (tennis court?) appears to have been built within the 'moated' area since 1984 (nothing shown on the 1984 OS map here). (Suffolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Presumably, since no other likely site, this is the moat just west of Cockfield Hall recorded in the Suffolk HER.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM394691
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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)
  • Copinger, W.A., 1908, Manors of Suffolk Vol. 2 p. 220-1 (tenurial history) online copy


  • Rolfe, J. and Breen, A., 2008 Aug, Cockfield Hall, Yoxford (Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Rep 2008/198) Desk Based Assessment online copy