Record Details

NHER Number:161
Type of record:Monument
Name:Saxon, medieval and post medieval finds and features, 49 to 59 St Martin's Lane

Summary

Excavations in 1973 to test the hypothesis of a Late Saxon defensive ditch running along St Martin's Lane to Stump cross Lane revealed the lip of a large linear feature containing Late Saxon and medieval pottery fragments. The greater part of the possible defensive ditch lay under the Lane. Overlying this feature were medieval soils, pits and a drainage channel. The earliest evidence of occupation was represented by a fragmentary 17th century building.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2273 0922
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

1973. Excavation for the Norwich Survey, through the courtesy of Norwich City Council.
Two trenches were dug (one north-to-south machine excavated) to test the hypothesis of a defensive ditch running along St Martin's Lane to Stump Cross Lane.
A large scale linear feature was found, running the length of the east-to- west trench (12m). Only the lip of the feature was found, the greater part lies under St Martin's Lane.
The 'ditch' contained Late Saxon to 13th century pottery.
However no dateable finds were recovered from the feature that it cut.
NCM 157.974.

Overlying the possible defensive ditch was an accumulation of medieval soils (none occupation) a number of rubbish pits and a drainage ditch 1.3m wide by 0.50m deep running east-to-west across the site. This was sited 3.5m from St Martin's Lane and parallel to it.

1973.
Earliest occupation on the site (over medieval and post medieval pits) represented by a fragmentary 17th century building.
J. Roberts.

April 2000. Desktop assessment.
See NAU report 502 in file NHER 26435.
See also (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 21 August 2000.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • TOWN DEFENCES (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1973. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1973. No 20. p 12.
---Article in serial: Roberts, J. 1973. Norwich Survey. Norfolk Research Committee Newsletter and Bulletin. Series 2 No 12 pp 12-13. p 12.
---Article in serial: Webster, L. E. and Cherry, J. 1974. Medieval Britain in 1973. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XVIII pp 174-223. p 202.
---Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S1>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2001. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2000. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt IV pp 707-728. p 722.

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Site 900Parent of: 49-59 St Martin's Lane (Monument)
Mon 609Parent of: 49-59 St Martin's Lane (Monument)
Mon 608Part of: Defensive ditch from St Martin's Lane to Stump Cross (Monument)

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