Monument record LMD 058 - Melford Hall; Melford Park (Med)

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Melford Hall (see PMed) on site of house which before the Dissolution belonged to the abbotts of Bury St Edmunds (S1)(S2). Monitoring found medieval remains (S5).


Grid reference Centred TL 8704 4631 (1047m by 926m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL84NE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Melford Hall (see PMed) on site of house which before the Dissolution belonged to the abbotts of Bury St Edmunds (S1)(S2). Rectangular moat survives to N (dry) W & S with two (originally three) fishponds to S of house (S2).
Until the C18, "the moat, then filled with water, continued round on the N side, but was covered over along the E side in front of the Hall, about 45 yards in advance of the entrance-court. There was a gateway with a bridge over the N moat .... the N moat (was) dried, and ..... after the present semi-circular moats were dug ....., with other alterations, about the year 1730" (S4).
Licenced to empark in 1613, replacing earlier park. Note ?deer park to E (S3).
2006: Monitoring of works for the replacement of the drains at Long Melford Hall. The results of the monitoring demonstrated that archaeological deposits associated with the earlier medieval buildings and occupation survive on the site (S5).
See also PMed and Un.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Pevsner N & Radcliffe E, Suffolk, 1975 (ed), 350-351.
  • <S2> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. Essex CC, AP, BW/99/14/1.
  • <S2> (No record type): English Heritage, Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Part 39 Suff.
  • <S3> (No record type): Dymond D & Martin E, An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, 1988, map 23.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Barker, H. R.. 1907. West Suffolk Illustrated. 252-253.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Atfield, R.. 2008. Monitoring Report Generic. Gill D, SCCAS 2006/172.

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Record last edited

May 9 2018 11:56AM

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