Record Details

NHER Number:11956
Type of record:Monument
Name:Choseley deserted medieval village


A group of undated amorphous and linear cropmarks that may be quarry pits, visible on the reputed site of a deserted medieval settlement on 1945 RAF vertical images. A series of possible medieval or probably post medieval linear earthworks are visible to the immediate east of Choseley Farm on 1988 BKS vertical images.

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Grid Reference:TF 7532 4057
Map Sheet:TF74SE

Full description

Earthworks of deserted village, possibly with site of church.
See notes in file, and discussions in files for NHER 1323 and NHER 21554.
E. Rose (NAU), 19 November 1990.

August 1999. NAU Watching brief.
At TF 7540 4082.
At Choseley Manor during tree planting activity and a new drive construction.
No archaeological remains.
See (S1).
C. F. Meckseper, (NAU) 22 May 2000.

August 2002. Norfolk NMP.
(Site extended; see hard copy NHER map for original extent).
To the southwest of Choseley farm there are a series of relatively amorphous cropmarks (S2). Each short, individual element is aligned in an approximately east to west alignment, forming a north to south aligned ladder type arrangement of features (TF 7535 4076 to TF 7547 4060), with a length of 200m. There are six darker amorphous and dog legged shaped features, which have individual east to west lengths of up to 45m, and are spaced from 10m to 30m apart. The northern four darker areas appear to have lighter parched areas between them. These features may be exaggerated by the underlying natural geology, but it is possible that they represent a line of extraction pits of small quarries, following a seam of nice material. Although on the site of a reputed deserted medieval settlement it seems less likely that these features represent building platforms or tofts. To the immediate west are two north to south aligned linear features which are probably ditches. To the west is a relatively extensive, curvilinear feature (TF 7527 4072 to TF 7521 4028) with a minimum length of 470m. The feature curves round from the south towards the east, and the line of amorphous features. This feature is likely to be a glacial palaeochannel, but might represent a hollow way associated with the medieval settlement at Choseley.
To the southeast of Choseley Farm house are a series of linear earthworks (S3) possibly forming the western and northern sides of a square enclosure or platform (centre: TF 7551 4084). There is an irregular, dog legged bank running northwestwards from the northwest corner of the enclosure. The enclosure or ‘platform’ appears to be truncated by the road which might suggest it is some antiquity (S4). These may represent the remains of medieval earthworks but may equally be relatively recent garden features.
See also NHER 1591.
M. Brennand (NMP), 29 August 2002.

Report (S5) (2001) in file.

Monument Types

  • EXTRACTIVE PIT (Unknown date)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 7540A-D.
---Article in serial: Allison, K. J. 1955. The Lost Villages of Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXI pp 116-162. p 144.
---Map: NHER. 1:10000 Hard Copy HER Map. Permatrace.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Phillips, C.. 1999. NAU Report No. 442. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at Choseley Manor, Choseley, Norfolk..
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/369 4355 08-JUN-1945 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 8423 27-MAY-1988 (NCC 0972).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72005 026 12-MAR-1972.
<S5>Unpublished document: Fletcher, W.. 2001. The Centre for Wetland Research @ Hull Report NOR1/2001. Archaeological Assessment: Manor Farm Wind Cluster, Choseley, Norfolk.

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