Record Details

NHER Number:11961
Type of record:Monument
Name:Toimere deserted medieval settlement


The exact site of Toimere deserted settlement is not know. It is thought to be preserved in the name of Toomber's Wood, although there is some confusion at to whether it lies in Stradsett or Shouldham Thorpe parish. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it is thought to still have been standing in the reign of Henry III. A later 17th to 18th century map has indicated its presence in this location.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 655 066
Map Sheet:TF60NE

Full description

Exact site not known but name is preserved in Toomber's Wood. It is mentioned in Domesday.
(S1) says the site was marked by two fields called Great and Little Toombers, and that buildings were standing in the reign of Henry III (1216-1272).
Information from Ordnance Survey card (S4).

In fact (S1) seems rather confused; he says Toimere was near Crimplesham, and that Great and Little Toombers were in 'Stradsett, that is Shouldham Thorpe'. Toomers Wood is at 650 068, but (S2) marks Toimere at 645 036. This may however be a wandering of the name.

(S3) arrives at above grid reference from charters and 17th/18th century map in Bradfer-Lawrence Collection NRO.
Village was in Stradsett parish but in Shouldham Thorpe manor. (S2)'s marking is no doubt one of his many mistakes.
Compiled by E. Rose (NAU), 9 May 1983.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Unknown date)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (placename, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

<S1>Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805-1810. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Unknown - USE SPECIFIC VOLUME WHERE KNOWN.
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Article in serial: Davison, A. 1983. The Site of Toimere or Toombers. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 2 No 29 p 3.
<S4>Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 NE 6 [3].

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