Monument record PLY 006 - Playford Hall

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Moat, S arm brick revetted, inhabited. Two large sub-rectangular fish ponds to SE. Scheduled.


Grid reference Centred TM 2135 4764 (83m by 85m) Centred on
Map sheet TM24NW


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Moat, S arm brick revetted, inhabited. Two large sub-rectangular fish ponds to SE centred at TM 2150 4759.
May 1994 Scheduling Information: The moated site consists of a rectangular central island, 38m E-W by 31m N-S, surrounded by a water- filled, spring-fed, moat 10-12m wide and the N arm of the moat is retained by an external bank 8m wide forming terrace 1m in height above river bank. S arm is crossed by brick bridge with two arches, and moat has brick rivetting, on either side of bridge, with parapet above. Bridge and walls are late C16 and C18 and Listed Grade II.
Playford Hall, late C16, originally occupied 3 sides of the island, facing on to central courtyard, with outer walls rising from the moat on the W, N and E sides. W wing and W half of the central range remain, with C18 additions and constitute dwelling, Grade II*.
Sloping ground to W of moat is terraced in two stages and these terraces are included in Scheduling except for W side of lower platform - recently landscaped.
Playford Manor held late C14 early C15 by Felbrigg family, then Sampsons, then Feltons C16-C18. Playford Hall built in time of St Anthony Felton (d. 1613). A very good example of late C16 moated mansion with significant above ground remains retaining valuable archaeological information regarding construction and use of mansion, as well as earlier activity on the site (S1).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <R1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24NW3 (ill).
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish Files. (S1).
  • <S1> (No record type): EH Scheduling Information, 1994.
  • <M2> (No record type): SAM file: (S1).
  • <R2> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 3, 1849, (3), 411.

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Sep 10 2008 11:54AM

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