Monument record LWT 368 - Former Deer Park, Lowestoft

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Site of former Deer Park first recorded in 1377, listed by Hoppit.


Grid reference Centred TM 53 93 (549m by 540m)
Map sheet TM59SW


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Site of former Deer Park first recorded in 1377, listed by Hoppit, (S1, S2).
"The deer park was located between present-day Rotterdam Road to the east and High Beech to the west. Its northern boundary was Oulton Road (formerly Oxmere Lane) and its southern limit Normanston Drive (formerly Beccles Way). It was c. forty acres in area and its earlier presence is referred to in a Manor Roll of 22 December 1618 (Suffolk Record Office, 194/A10/73), where Park Field is specifically referred to (p. 53), as well as arable enclosures called Park Close (p. 31) and The Park (p. 51). Another enclosed arable space called Dove House Close (p. 52), just to the west, strongly suggests the presence of a manor house at one time. The deer park centres on TM59 538939 and belonged to the manor of Akethorpe, which was largely (but not wholly) situated to the north of Oxmere Lane and which ceased to be a manor when it came into the control of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1478. Lowestoft never had a resident lord of the manor and therefore no manor house as such. An Akethorpe account roll of 1438-9 (Magdalen College Library, 73/4) specifically refers to the “site of the manor of Akethorphalle”, which would seem to confirm the connection. The relatively small area of forty acres for the deer park is strongly suggestive of the animals being farmed for venison rather than being allowed to roam free, in a much larger environment, and thereby serving as the quarry for hunting. Its former area is largely occupied today by the Northgate housing estate." (S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Hoppitt, R.. 1999. 'Deer Parks 1086-c.1602', An Historical Atlas of Suffolk.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Hoppitt, R.. 1992. The Development of Parks in Suffolk from the C11th to the C17th (PhD thesis, UEA).
  • <S3> Personal Correspondence: David Butcher. 2021. Lowestoft Deer Park.

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Apr 8 2021 10:59AM

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