Record Details

NHER Number:12152
Type of record:Monument
Name:Little Breckles deserted medieval village, Shropham


This location is the possible site of a deserted medieval village. The village seems to have existed to the north of Shropham Hall with some elements extending into the grounds. The church associated with this village has not been located but a series of earthwork banks, ridges and multi period pottery sherds were recorded in 1977. According to an early 19th century document the village was very small and was demolished before the time of Edward III's reign, presumably because the villagers relocated to a more substantial settlement.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 968 937
Map Sheet:TL99SE

Full description

Possible site of deserted medieval village; previously put at site NHER 11929 but earthworks discovered on this site in 1977, also medieval pottery, with some Roman, prehistoric and post medieval wares also.
See full details and list of finds in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 12 November 1990.

Appropriate section from reference (S1) in file.

November 2012. Norfolk NMP.
Earthworks of possible medieval to post medieval enclosures, trackways, field boundaries or drainage ditches, possibly related to Little Breckles deserted medieval village are visible on aerial photographs (S4) to the north of Shropham Hall.
The site is centred on TL 9682 9393 and consists of several earthwork ditches and several areas of possible banks, some of which could be interpreted as possible house platforms, and have been recorded separately as NHER 57457.
E. Ford (NMP), 06 November 2012.

Monument Types

  • WELL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Monograph: Batcock, N. 1991. The Ruined and Disused Churches of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 51.
<S2>Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S3>Unpublished document: Davidson, A. & Cushion, B.. 1977. Liitle Breckles D.M.V..
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/59 5025-6 05-FEB-1946 (NMR).

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