Record Details

NHER Number:17242
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval/post medieval stone trough, garden of The Firs

Summary

A stone trough stands in the garden of this property. The owner of the house states that this object was purchased from Norwich Castle in around 1897 when the prison was closed and many fittings sold off. It has been suggested that it was used by the prisoners to wash, but it could also have been used to hold water beneath a spring or pump. Whatever the function, the trough is probably medieval or early post medieval in date.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 1982 9666
Map Sheet:TM19NE
Parish:TASBURGH, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Stone object, almost square (53 x 58 cm), 33 cm high. Hollowed out inside (sides 8-9cm thick) to form trough or tank. Corners rounded. One side has a double groove across it near and parallel to the base, with a chamfer between, converging in the centre to a single groove before dividing again.
Suggests this side was meant to be seen.
Stone is hard and white (but weathered and mossed).
Photograph (S1) in file.
Owner states that this object was purchased from Norwich Castle in 1897 (?) when the prison was closed and many fittings sold off. Her father was told it was used by the prisoners to wash in.
She had recently been told it could be Norman.
Purpose of the object is obscure but it could indeed have been used to hold water beneath a spring or pump.
Probably medieval in date or 16th century.
E. Rose (NAU) 12 May 1981.

Monument Types

  • TROUGH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TROUGH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: BVW 14.

Related records - none

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