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I was very interested in Prof T Mulligan’s letter in last Friday’s Lynn News about the pond or pit on an area of land that for some unknown reason is called The Warren.

For many years there was a moat near to this pit, it had been there for 200 years or more and is on a lot of old maps. When I lived in the village over fifty years ago it was called Balding’s Moat as the land around it was farmed by a family of that name. The moat was surrounded by small trees and bushes and there was always two to three feet of water in it even in the summer time, and I never knew it to dry out. There was always plenty of wildlife around it including plenty of waterfowl such as mallard ducks, water hens, coots and I can remember some times there would be swans gliding along on the water.

Dersingham sign (2011642)
Dersingham sign (2011642)

When the houses were built for some unknown reason the moat was but almost filled in. After a few years the council decided to construct another moat (pit) but it has not worked.

There was never a warren on or near this site. Many years back there was a warren that covered some 1,000 acres. This warren started at the southern end of Dersingham Fen and went across Wolferton Fen, across Sandringham heath finishing up on the outskirts of West Newton. It is too late now, the moat never should have been interfered with and the area called The Warren should have been named after the Balding family who farmed it for many years.

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