Record Details

NHER Number:18571
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval sea defence or saltern mound

Summary

In 1982 a large earthen mound was recorded at this location. It was suggested to be either a medieval breakwater associated with the Sea Bank (NHER 2187) or a medieval saltern.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 4714 1488
Map Sheet:TF41SE
Parish:WEST WALTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

10 December 1982.
Large earth mound (not measured), almost kidney shaped.
Perhaps 150m northwest to southeast x 40m northeast to southeast. Between 3.1-4.6m (10-15ft) in height.
Nothing on top only a little dark staining.
Runs under farm buildings so not possible to see if it joins the Sea Bank (NHER 2187) but probably a breakwater projecting from it like those in Cambridgeshire.
See (S1.)
R. Silvester (NAU) December 1982.

This is more probably a saltern.
R. Silvester (NUA) 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 - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW 5. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Article in Serial: Taylor and Hall. 1977. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. LXVII, p 63.
<S2>Archive: Fenland Folders.

Related records

2187Related to: The Sea Bank (Monument)

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