Record Details

NHER Number:1040
Type of record:Monument
Name:Colveston deserted medieval settlement and the remains of St Mary's church, Didlington

Summary

The site of Colveston deserted village. The old parish church has been in ruins since the 17th century, and today forms an overgrown mound in the middle of an arable field. The houses had gone by the early 18th century, with the exception of the farmhouse.
Metal-detecting and fieldwalking between 1991 and 2015 recovered prehistoric worked flint; Roman, Late Saxon, medieval and post-medieval pottery sherds; medieval and post-medieval roof tile and brick fragments; medieval/post-medieval floor tile fragments; post-medieval window glass fragments; Iron Age, Roman, medieval and post-medieval coins; a post-medieval token and medieval metal objects. The metal finds include a medieval strap fitting and monumental brass fragment.

Images

  • Medieval brass from NHER 1040  © Norfolk County Council

Location

Grid Reference:TL 79 95
Map Sheet:TL79NE
Parish:COLVESTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
DIDLINGTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

The earthwork and cropmark banks and ditches relating to Colveston medieval settlement remains and further features identified from the Aerial Investigation and Mapping (AIM) survey are now recorded under NEHR 63236.

Colveston deserted medieval village. A vill in (S1), and in (S2) (1316).
At [1] a few probable Roman sherds and flint flakes (see Notes).
At [2] pot 14th to 17th century.
Church; slight traces of wall foundations, ploughing goes up to structure on all sides = 1040/c1 at [3].
A. Rogerson (NAU).

February 1974.
The church has been in ruins since the 17th century. The last house in the village had gone by 1738. Thetford type ware also found by A. Rogerson (NAU). (S3) noted the font in the garden of a farm with a well in 1730.
E. Rose (NAU).

June 1960. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Fragmentary remains of church. Probably Medieval. Probably flint. Only footings remain which were totally overgrown at time of survey."
Information from (S4).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current details.
E. Rose (NAU). Amended by H. Hamilton (HES), 8 November 2019.

1332 Lay Subsidy eleven taxpayers, 1377 to 81 Poll Tax combined with Ickburgh, 1352 to 54 Black Death relief not granted.
1428 ten householders, 1449 tax relief 9% of 1334 assessment.
1738 'there is nothing now remaining of this old village, but the aforesaid Manor House and farmhouse adjoining'.
OS air photos (S5) show what may be ploughed over strip development in this area now under crop.
Information from OS records
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 10 April 1990

1991. Metal detecting. [4].
Iron Age, Roman and other coins, 15th century strap fitting
See file for list and details.
D. Gurney (NLA), 19 December 1991

Unit aerial photographs show possible enclosures between church and wood to southwest.

Appropriate section from (S7) in file.

March 2003. Surface collection.
Medieval and post medieval sherds.
Medieval roofing tile.
Post medieval brick and window glass.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 13 June 2003.

Before 19 April 2004. Fieldwalking.
Further medieval and post medieval sherds. medieval or post medieval roof tile, floor tile and brick.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 9 September 2004.

Before October 2015. Metal-detecting. [5].
Medieval monumental brass. See rubbing (S8).
Information from PAS import.
A. Beckham (HES), 1 January 2016.

See [6].
A. Beckham (HES), 1 June 2016.

May 2019. Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The earthwork and cropmark banks and ditches relating to Colveston medieval settlement remains and further features identified from the Aerial Investigation and Mapping (AIM) survey are now recorded under NEHR 63236.
J.Powell (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 13th May 2019.

Monument Types

  • WELL (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRASS (15th Century to 16th Century - 1450 AD to 1530 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • SHINE
  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: POL33-35.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 NE 9 [4].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1962. A lost village in his garden. 10 July.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 270.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Brown, P (ed.). 1984. Domesday Book: Norfolk. Parts 1 and 2.
<S2>Monograph: Nomina Villarum.
<S3>Documentary Source: Martin, T. c. 1700-1799. Collections of Church Notes. Norfolk Records Office. c. 1730.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1077281.
<S5>Aerial Photograph: TL7995 A,F-H,K,L-P,Y-Z; St.Joseph PL41-45.
<S6>Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1971. OS 71387 246-247.
<S7>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51. Microfiche 5:G12. No 116; p 53.
<S8>Illustration: Ashley,S. 2015. Rubbing of a medieval monumental brass. Paper. 1:1.

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