Record Details

NHER Number:11263
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of Eaton deserted medieval settlement

Summary

Late Saxon and medieval pieces of pot were found in rabbit burrows. Investigation by SHARP has identified this as the likely site of Eaton deserted medieval village. A possible canal or water meadow system of ditches has been surveyed and inconclusive resistivity and soil acidity surveys have also been carried out.

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Location

Grid Reference:TF 6987 3625
Map Sheet:TF63NE
Parish:SEDGEFORD, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1974. In rabbit burrow upcast.
Late Saxon and medieval sherds.
[1] claims this is Gnatyngton deserted medieval village, rather than the excavated sites.
E. Rose (NAU).

1996. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project River Survey. Field Observation.
On the northern edge of the deserted hamlet of Eaton there is a stream-fed and now largely silted pond which has at least two overgrown dykes issuing from it. These were once wide enough to admit a punt of about 175cm in width. One of these dykes was carefully constructed to follow the gentle slope leading most of the way upstream to Sedgeford before rejoining the river; the others lead directly to the river and a watermill site (NHER 1474). Heavy goods from Eaton could therefore be taken to Heacham or, alternatively, most of the way upstream to Sedgeford by utilizing gravitational water flow.
See (S1) and (S2).
M. Dennis (NLA), 7 August 2006.

1997. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Field History Course.
Survey of the deserted medieval village of Eaton and an associated watermill (see NHER 1474).
See (S3) and (S4).
M. Dennis (NLA), 10 August 2006.

1998. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Resistivity Survey.
An initial resistivity survey was carried out.
See (S5) and (S6).
M. Dennis (NLA), 10 August 2006.

1999. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Resistivity Survey and pH Testing.
Two areas of high resistivity and high acidity were identified in a yard adjoining a large barn. One of these corresponds with an area of hard standing close to barn doors. The reisitivity also revealed a ditch, possibly associated with yard drainage.
See (S7) and (S8).
M. Dennis (NLA), 10 August 2006.

7 to 12 August 2005. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Project. Non Invasive Techniques Survey. Eaton Barn Field.
Documentary evidence was studied and shovel test pits and resistivity survey carried out in south part of the field. Cross sections across the field were surveyed. The post medieval barn was examined. Ditches suggest the area has been used as a water meadow. The village of Eaton is recorded in the Domesday Book and other medieval documents but has shrunk to a single farm.
See (S9).
M. Dennis (NLA), 17 January 2005.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WATER MEADOW (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Article in serial: van Twest, M. 2000. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, 1999: Fourth Interim Report. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt III pp 512-516.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 63 NE 73.
---Archive: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Archive.
---Archive: Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project Folder.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Sedgeford.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Sedgeford.
<S1>Article in serial: Faulkner, N. (ed.). 1997. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 1996: First Interim Report. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 532-535.
<S2>Unpublished document: Various. 1997. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. The Report. No 1. 1996.. February.
<S3>Unpublished document: Various. 1998. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. The Report. No. 2. 1997..
<S4>Article in serial: Cox, A., Fox, J. and Thomas, G. 1998. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project: 1997 Interim Report. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 172-177.
<S5>Article in serial: Biddulph, E. 1999. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project 1998: Third Interim Report (1998). Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 351-352.
<S6>Unpublished document: Various. 1999. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. The Report. No. 3. 1998..
<S7>Unpublished document: Various. 2000. Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. The Report. No. 4. 1999..
<S9>Unpublished document: Black, A., Dennis, M. et al. 2005. SHARP Eaton Barn Field NHER 11263 - Non Invasive Techniques Survey..

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