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Gedding Hall

In the civil parish of Gedding.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL95385857
Latitude 52.19076° Longitude 0.85713°

Gedding Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

Early C16 gatehouse, with small circular gunports, formerly part of a moated manor house, incorporated into a house of 1897. A series of four connected fishponds lie east of the house. The gatehouse is reached via a C19 wooden bridge over the moat. The first manor house on the site is believed to have been built in 1273 and rebuilt in C15. (PastScape)

Moat. Large, square, circa 75m x 80m, arms circa 10m wide. E and S arms wet, remainder dry and 2.5m deep. W portion of S arm re-cut in recent times. Drawbridge in S arm. Series of four fish ponds to E, fed by stream to the S, a sluice ditch connects the moat to the ponds. Occupied, C16 gatehouse, brick house restored in 1897. Moat said to have been built first in 1273 for Sir John de Geddynge and was rebuilt in C15 by the Chamberlayne family (Pevsner). Possible traces of earlier enclosure in front of hall. Isolated, circa 130m from parish boundary, 450m from church. Gedding belonged to the Chamberlain family by the early C15. The family's period of greatest power and wealth was under Sir Robert Chamberlain (circa 1435-1491), a leading Yorkist who fell from grace under Henry VII and was beheaded in 1491. He must be a strong contender to be the builder of the gatehouse and perhaps of the whole moated complex. If so the building must be placed in the 1480's, roughly contemporary with Oxburgh and Shelton Halls in Norfolk, and like them it is likely to have had a courtyard plan. (Suffolk HER)

House now owned by noted metal detectorist Bill Wyman.
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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