Dean's Carr 'moat'

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameDean's Carr 'moat'
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishHarling

This possible fortified medieval moat site was surveyed in 1980. Roman, Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval fragments of pottery were found. Now afforested. Suggest the Ordnance Survey mistook the central pond for the annexe. Ditches of the latter are very shallow, now, but ditch on south and east of oval deep, still marshy, with area inside embanked high. Central pond is a puzzle and the whole thing does not look like a moat to me (E. Rose (NAU), 27 July 1978). (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

The multiperiod finds suggest something was here but isolated from medieval settlement and seems unlikely as medieval manorial site and questionable even as a moat. Certainly the evidence for the site being 'fortified' seems absent. However Blomefield does give tenurial history of several manors in this small parish and not all the manors he identifies can be associated with an existing house. For bringing this site to our attention Gatehouse thanks Roger Wilson.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL969854
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  • Blomefield, F., 1805, 'Hundred of Giltcross: West-Herling' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 1 p. 297-312 (tenurial history) online transcription


  • 1983, Norfolk Archaeology Vol. 38 p. 329ff