Record Details

NHER Number:13515
Type of record:Monument
Name:Upton Broad (Little Broad)


According to a 20th century source, peat cutting was carried out on the Broads during the medieval period. This extraction continued into the post medieval period. In 1997 a piece of post medieval Frechen Ware pottery was dug up in a reed bed in this area.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 389 136
Map Sheet:TG31SE

Full description

Medieval peat working.
See (S1).

This is marked as Little Broad on (S2), and NHER 13521 as Upton Broad.

Dug up in reed bed at TG 387 141a. Context 2.
Large base of salt glazed stoneware bottle, probably Frechen.
W. Milligan (NCM) 9 May 1997.

May 2007. Norfolk NMP.
A series of drainage ditches are visible on aerial photographs (S3) that are consistent with the boundaries of the doles that are marked on historic maps of this area, such as the 1839 Tithe map (S4). Doles were a method of ensuring access to shared resources, such as peat, on common land, in particular Poor Allotments, where particular strips of land were allotted to individuals (S5). This indicates that peat extraction at this site continued into the post medieval period. These features were not mapped as they replicate the information already available from the historic maps.
S. Massey (NMP), 30 May 2007.

Monument Types

  • PEAT CUTTING (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • PEAT CUTTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002-2003. [Articles on the purchase of Upton Broad].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Trust meets deadline to secure land for wildlife. 2 December.
<S1>Monograph: Lambert, J.M. & Jennings, J.N.. 1960. The Making of the Broads: A Reconsideration of their Origin in the Light of New Evidence..
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 1055-6 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 3914B, D).
<S4>Map: 1839. Upton 1839 Tithe map.
<S5>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1997. The Norfolk Broads: A Landscape History..

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