Monument record WNG 068 - Wangford Warren

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Wangford Warran, owned by Old Warden Abbey in the medieval period, shown on Kirby's map of Suffolk 1766, still in use in 1866, see WNG 025 for boundary banks.


Grid reference Centred TL 7709 8228 (4709m by 3888m)
Map sheet TL78SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The archival evidence for this warren is sparse. Owned by Old Warden Abbey in the medieval period, the manor of Wangford was gifted to Old Warden Abbey in 1175. The Manor of Wangford passed to the Lord Chief Justice Wright before being split between the Angersteins of Weeting and Duleep Singh of Elveden.But the earliest certain reference to the existence of a warren is on Kirby's Map of Suffolk of 1766 and there is a Will for John Egle, Warrener at Wangford dated 1751. When the Wangford Hall Estate was sold in 1866, the warren was mentioned as "well stocked with rabbits, providing a good income". The boundary banks are traceable around nearly all the perimeter, see WNG 025 for boundary banks. A warrener's lodge is marked on Hodskinson's and 1st edition OS known as Shakers Lodge (see WNG 028) (S1). Two other warrener's lodges are recorded as being within Wangford Warren; The Warren Lodge 1866 see WNG 032 and another at around TL755832 but there are no further details.

The 1866 Sales Particulars for Wangford Hall Estate note that there are 'about 2550 acres being at present used as a rabbit warren…capable of returning good interest on outlay by planting with Larch Firs' (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: The Breckland Society. 2010. The Warrens of Breckland: A Survey by The Breckland Society.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Mason, A.. 2009. The Archaeology of the Warrens of Thetford Forest. p. 17.

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Record last edited

May 8 2018 1:18PM

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