Wighton Moat

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameWighton Moat
Alternative NamesWhey Curd Farm
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishWighton

A medieval moated enclosure with some flint masonry and incomplete building outlines can be seen. This may be the site of a medieval chapel. A further ditched enclosure to the south and associated medieval fishponds have also been surveyed. (Norfolk HER)

Clearly defined moat, now dry and grassed over on three sides the fourth being a backwater of the Stiffkey. Along east side central island a retaining wall of mortared flint, with a recess, presumably the drawbridge pit mentioned. Above these are foundations of two rooms or towers, one at each side of the drawbridge but western one set back more than the eastern one. No foundations on remainder of island; sherd of green glazed Grimston ware found in molehill, and mollusc shell. (Norfolk HER–ref site visit in 1980)

Medieval moat with ruins of a building posasibly the chapel recorded in 1548 as being half a mile from the church. The moat is 12-15m wide and 1m deep and encloses a platform 40m by 33m. The ruins are constructed of flint and define a building 19m long and 5m wide, standing up to 0.7m heigh. Adjoining the southern arm of the moat is a second enclosed area possibly forming an outer yard or Garden 46m by 40m. There are also depressions which may be the remains of ponds. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

For bringing this site to our attention Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTF941390
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  • Blomefield, F., 1808, 'North Greehow Hundred: Wighton' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 9 p. 204-9 (tenurial history) online transcription


  • Cozens-Hardy, B., 1946, 'Chantries in the Duchy of Lancaster in Norfolk 1548' Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 29 p. 206