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Somersham Park

Hob Uid: 369296
Location :
Cambridgeshire
Huntingdonshire
Somersham
Grid Ref : TL3600077700
Summary : Site of the Bishop of Ely's palace, earthwork remains of a Medieval moat and fishponds. Scheduled.
More information : (TL 36007770) Pond Closes formerly (NAT) Fish Ponds (NR)
(TL 36007755) Moat (NR)
(TL 35757716) Moat (NR) (1-2)

The site of Somersham Palace is now occupied by a modern house surrounded by an oval shaped moat. All that remains are the abutments of a bridge over the N arm of the moat and the 16thc wall on the North and East sides of the garden. It was probably used as a residence by the Bishops of Ely before 1109, falling into a state of decay and finally pulled down c.1762. Associated with the site are the remains of two fish ponds. (3-4)

The abutments of the bridge survive but the wall of the garden has been destroyed. In addition to the two fish ponds to the N there is a string of four smaller fish ponds to the SE. Within the moat at TL 36037750 is a pond and to its immediate east a depression which is probably the remains of another.
All features revised at 1:2500.
The moat at TL 35757716 was probably associated with the Palace but has now been competely destroyed. (5)

Site of the Bishop of Ely's palace, earthwork remains of a Medieval moat and fishponds. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 6" 1958
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 25"
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH Hunts 1932 225-6
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHM Hunts 1926 238-9 photo
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JB 28-APR-71
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 05-Jan-93
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Fishpond, Moat, Bishops Palace
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CB 199
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20415
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 37 NE 10
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 37 NE 10
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-04-28
End Date : 1971-04-28
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT 26 CHURCH STREET
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2002-01-01
End Date : 2002-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, SOMERSHAM PARK HOUSE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31