Record Details

NHER Number:11098
Type of record:Monument
Name:Redenhall 5th century Roman coin hoard and post medieval brickworks


This site, now wooded with some flooded pits, was a brickworks during the post medieval period, although the name of the owner is not known. It is in this area that a hoard of 144 copper alloy coins, includes seventy-eight 'barbarous' coins, was recovered before 1895, and later purchased by NCM. This hoard is particularly interesting as it is believed to have been hidden in the mid to late 5th century, and contains a number of mid 5th century coins, including a coin that is believed to show distinct links with the style of head depicted on Early Saxon sceattas.

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Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TM28SW

Full description

Pre 1895.
"Found in brickfield within 5 mile radius of Wortwell, probably in Redenhall though possibly Alburgh or Starston. Donor says name of brickmaker was Aldis but this name cannot be traced" [1].
Hoard of 144 copper alloy coins, includes seventy-eight barbarous coins.
Postumus, Quintillus Theodora, Honorius; post-Theodosian 'barbarous' coins.
Probably concealed around 460 AD?
NCM. 1946 bought from member of the public [1].

MS report NCM, copy in file. [2]
See (S1), (S2) (minims copying 5th century types, Rev, Chi-Rho, Pl.I,10 rev. Sacrificial Implements).
Criticised in (S3). Critical review in (S4).
See secondary file for further details.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

References and coins not checked.

1982. Site visit.
E. Rose checked estate maps with the manager of Gawby Hall estate [3]. It would seem that brickyard at grid reference is almost certain findspot. No other brick field known in area; this is on border of Redenhall and Starston (at that time Wortwell was in Redenhall parish). The OS 25 inch map as late as 1926 shows this brickyard with building standing. Name of owner not recorded but Aldis recorded as name in Redenhall by (S5). Brickyard is now wooded with flooded pits; area of buildings apparently recently bulldozed; kilns could remain buried but no visible traces.
E.Rose (NAU), 13 October 1982.

March 2015.
A contractor reported that at least one horse gin wheel survives within the area of the brickworks. The machinery is described as consisting of a circular trough with a central tether post. It is likely that the machine was used for grinding clay. The brickworks is now mostly wooded and noting is visible on aerial photographs consulted.
K. Powell (HES), 17 March 2015

Monument Types

  • BRICKWORKS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 28 SE 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1947. [unknown]. Numismatic Chronicle. 6th Series, pp 157-9.
<S2>Publication: Hill, P.V.. 1949. Barbarous Radiates 7,13,23,29,pl.I,1. 2.
<S3>Article in Serial: 1949. [unknown]. Journal of Roman Studies. Vol XXXIX.
<S4>Article in Serial: 1950. [unknown]. Antiquaries Journal. Vol XXX, p 240.
<S5>Directory: White, W.. 1845. White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.

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