Suffolk's Story 20


c.1560
Crow's Hall, Debenham

Crow's Hall, Debenham

Moated houses are a characteristic feature of Suffolk’s clayland. This one takes its name from a late 13th-century owner named John Crowe. However, the extant buildings are mainly 16th-century, and particularly from the time of a major rebuild c.1560 by Sir Charles Framlingham. East Anglia has about a quarter of all the moated sites in England, with Suffolk and Essex vying for the greatest number; Suffolk’s total is now at least 925.

19 Lt Wenham  19 Lt Wenham  21 Staverton


Further reading

Martin, E., Easton T. and Aitkens, P., ‘More moats in the landscape, Columbyne Hall and Crow’s Hall’, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History, vol. XXXVIII pt. 1, 1993, 107-111

Martin, E., ‘Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex: Medieval Rural Settlement in “Greater East Anglia”’ in N. Christie and P. Stamper (eds), Medieval Rural Settlement. Britain and Ireland, AD 800-1600, Windgather Press, Oxford 2011, 225-48