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HALL PLACE

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  CHAPEL OF ST AMBROSE
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The remains of a medieval mansion house known as Hall Place, located on the eastern edge of the village of Wanborough. The earthworks associated with this house have been seen and mapped from aerial photographs. It is situated on a north facing slope into which are terraced three large level platforms, on one of which the house was located. The lowest platform is bordered by two ponds separated by a causeway. The first pond is curvilinear in shape and measures 40m in length and 15m in width. The second is more linear and is almost T shaped in appearance and is 30m in length and 8m wide. A possible third pond is sited to the west of the first and second and is 30m by 10m. A thin winding ditch possibly once a moat can be seen running through this and leads from directly south-west of the ponds and covers and area approximately 150m by 50m. At the north-west end, the moat appears to lead into a series of straight, thin, linear ditches. This could possibly be drainage associated with the moat. The possible structural remains of a building lies alongside the moat, is 20m in length and 10m wide and has a north north-west to south south-east alignment. More recent photographs taken in May 1989, show that the area may have been ploughed causing slight levelling of the earthworks in the area. Most of the mentioned earthworks, apart from the possible drainage features, still exist in this form, although they are far less well defined. It has been scheduled.

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