Record Details

NHER Number:18567
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval sea defence or saltern mound

Summary

In 1982 a large earthen mound was noted at this location. It was oval in shape and cut by Hill House, and perhaps abutted the medieval Sea Bank. If the mound was not a breakwater for this sea defence it could be a saltern mound of similar date.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 4735 1502
Map Sheet:TF41NE
Parish:WEST WALTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

10 December 1982. Large earth mound discovered. Perhaps 80m northwest to southeast with slight tongue to south. Probably 2.4m (8ft) high, but landowner states that several feet (thousands of tons) removed from top in 1980. Ovular shape but cut by Hill House so not possible to see if junction with Sea Bank, but probably a breakwater from this.
Compare to Cambridgeshire examples.
See (S1).
R. Silvester (NAU) December 1982.

5 March 1983. Mound found to continue under Hill House and emerge other side. Kidney-shaped, abutting Sea Bank.
Top about 130m northeast to southwest and another 20m or so on northeast slope. About 30m northwest to southeast including slope.
Estimated height 2.4m (8ft).
R. Silvester (NAU) March 1983.

More probably a saltern.
R. Silvester (NAU) 1985.

For full details of wares, flint types, etc. see Fenland Folders (S2).

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SALT WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEA DEFENCES (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 4715J,K,L.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 6. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1977. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Vol LXVII 63.
<S2>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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