Record Details

NHER Number:19694
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible medieval saltern mound

Summary

Fieldwalking in 1983 by the Fenland Survey recorded the presence of a possible medieval saltern or salt works mound 200m northwest of the Sea Bank. In 2006 a geophysical survey to the north-east of this site located further areas of saltworking probably associated with this site (NHER 53705, 53706, 53707).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 4862 1633
Map Sheet:TF41NE
Parish:WALPOLE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

18 November 1983. Fenland fieldwalking.
Very small part may have been removed when electricity substation was built. Clearly related to sea defences, some sort of mole standing off NHER 19693 as is also found at West Walton. Under rapeseed and no chance to measure or fieldwalk. Note also massive reorganisation of field dykes in this area, but approximately 90m east to west x 100m north to south x 5 feet (1.5m) high. WPP 18 (S1).
For full details of wares, flint types etc see Fenland Folders (S2).
R. Silvester 18 November 1983.

1985.
This is more probably a saltern.
R. Silvester (NAU).

September 2006. Geophysical survey.
To the north-east of this site three areas of ditch and pit type features were detected (NHER 35705, 35706, 35707), which were probably part of a larger saltworking area.
See (S3) for further details.
S. Howard (NLA), 4 December 2009.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • SALT WORKS (Unknown date)
  • SALTERN (Unknown date)
  • MOUND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SALT WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SALTERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WPP 18. FENS. WPP 18.
<S2>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S3>Unpublished document: GSB Prospection. 2006. GSB Prospection Report No. 2006/71. Geophysical Survey at Walpole Electricity Substation, Walpole Street Peter, Norfolk.

Related records

53707Related to: Ditch and pit features associated with nearby saltworking site (Monument)
53706Related to: Ditches and pit features possibly associated with nearby Saltern (Monument)
53705Related to: Several ditch features possibly associated with nearby Saltern (Monument)

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