A defensive moat surrounded many a medieval manor house and castle for security but also as a larder for storing fish and attracting wildfowl. Former moats can still be detected on some historic landscape sites on Google Earth such as at Harpswell.

Another example is Bratoft Manor (former home of the Massingberd family) situated south of Gunby Hall and Park.

Aerial View of Bratoft Manor

This early moat at Scrivelsby Court HE Grade II (right) has been partly filled in (Image: Steffie Shields)

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