Record Details

NHER Number:11960
Type of record:Monument
Name:Foston deserted medieval settlement


The site of the medieval settlement of Foston, visible from the air as a complex of cropmarks confused by natural markings and by later industry and forestry. The village's church (see NHER 4289) was demolished in the 16th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 652 094
Map Sheet:TF60NE

Full description

27 June 1980. NAU air photography.
Positive cropmarks. Network of cropmarks. Possibly settlement area.
S.L. Norton (NAU), 22 June 1982.

Almost certainly Foston deserted medieval village, gave name to Fodderstone Gap. Mentioned in (S1) and (S2), fifteen taxpayers in 1329, twelve in 1332, Black Death relief in 1352, ten householders in 1428, three cottages in 1805.

Church of St Peter demolished 16th century (see site NHER 4289).
Cropmarks are confused by natural markings, and forestry/industrial marks (tree planting circles, pits etcetera).
E. Rose (NAU), 19 July 1982.

As well as tax relief in 1352 to 54 (Black Death relief less than 33% of 1334 assessment), there was tax relief in 1449 (23% of 1334 assessment).
Information from (S3).
R.J. Rickett (NAU), 6 March 1990.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF6509 A-N,P-S; RAF 106G/UK 1606 3333-36, OS 76 125 543-544.
---Article in serial: Allison, K. J. 1955. The Lost Villages of Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXI pp 116-162.
---Article in serial: Blake, W. J. 1952. Norfolk Manorial Lords in 1316 (Parts I and II). Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXX pp 234-286.
---Publication: Darby, H.C.. 1952. The Domesday Geography of Eastern England.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 NE 1 [3].
<S1>Publication: Brown, P (ed.). 1984. Domesday Book: Norfolk. Parts 1 and 2.
<S2>Monograph: Nomina Villarum..
<S3>Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards.

Related records

4289Parent of: Site of St Peter's Church, Foston (Monument)
25385Related to: Medieval ridge and furrow (Monument)

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