Although Moyse's Hall has had many different uses over the
centuries, and many alterations have been made to the
fabric, it remains a rare and important example of Norman
domestic architecture. Other surviving urban examples include the Music
House in Norwich and the Jew's House and Aaron's House in Lincoln.
Almost all the surviving examples date from the second half of the 12th
century, as does Moyse's Hall. In many examples, the ground floor was
used for storage and business, whilst the first floor formed the living
Moyse's Hall had two rooms at both ground and first floor level. The main
first floor room was the hall, but there was also a second room called
the Solar or Chamber which was the private bedchamber of the owner of the
house. There is some evidence that there may once have been a third
chamber at Moyse's Hall, but if so it has long since been destroyed.
Moyse's Hall is by far the most complete Norman stone house still
standing in Bury St Edmunds, but there are other houses with some
surviving Norman stonework, usually not visible from the outside. For
example, there is Norman work in houses in Guildhall Street, Hatter
Street and Whiting Street.