Monitoring of the trenches excavated for the installation of new drains at Melford Hall, Long Melford demonstrated that archaeological deposits associated with the earlier medieval buildings and occupation survive on the site. Evidence of structural features, probable pits and occupation layers were recorded and indicate that the extent of this activity seems to coincide fairly precisely with the footprint of the present hall and service yard. This supports the theory that the
current hall was built over the site of the previous medieval manorhouse.
There were no medieval occupation deposits beyond the area of the hall, but the deep soil profile recorded in the surrounding gardens shows evidence of the landscaping that has occurred to shape the current grounds and indicates that the pre-16th century ground levels are still intact.