Record Details

NHER Number:20683
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of Grenesvill deserted medieval village and chapel

Summary

Documentary sources suggest that this may be the site of the Grenevill deserted medieval village mentioned in the Domesday Book. Another source mentions a piece of land known as Chapel Close in Shotesham and belonging to the Prior of Hickling. It is possible, but by no mean certain, that this medieval chapel related to Grenevill. The site is now under arable cultivation which makes further investigation difficult. Metal detecting here in 2004 recovered a post medieval jetton, Roman coin, medieval buckle and post medieval rowel spur.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 23 99
Map Sheet:TM29NW
Parish:SHOTESHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

(S1) (copy in file under NHER 5391) refers to Grenesvill as hamlet mentioned in Domesday; (S2) gives manorial history under Stoke Holy Cross, but (S3) mentions a piece of land known as Chapel Close in Shotesham and belonging to the Prior of Hickling. (S1) identifies this as this field from 'Old OS maps' (what is meant by this?) and farm labourers evidence. Trackway shown as line of stones ploughed up; late brick building in adjacent wood also shown on tithe map; possible earthworks towards river but perhaps drainage. Marked as 'site of chapel' on sketch map in (S1), but is this assumed from name? No evidence for chapel here, or that it was connected with Grenesvill given in (S1). The name Chapel Close sometimes simply indicates a field the revenue from which was used to maintain a chapel. (S1) states that the site was to be further investigated, but there is no record of this having been done.
E. Rose (NAU) 21 September 1984.

Pre 1988. Field stated to be now known as Knight Lawn.
Metal detecting finds:
Medieval bronze harness pendant with attachment stud.
Possible Late Saxon bronze object.
Polaroids taken by NCM.
Information from member of the public [1].
W. Milligan (NCM) 12 February 1988.

Whole site under arable cultivation. Slight amorphous undulations noted.
H. Paterson (NLA) 21 October 1999.

January 2004. Metal detecting. Site extended to whole field.
One Roman coin.
One post medieval jetton.
Medieval/Post medieval buckle.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 10 March 2004.

January 2004. Metal detecting.
Medieval buckle.
Post medieval lace tag.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 14 April 2004.

November 2004. Metal detecting.
Post medieval rowel spur.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 8 December 2004.

Monument Types

  • EARTHWORK (Undated)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • LACE TAG (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROWEL SPUR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Smith, D.. 1969. A Preliminary Report on the Deserted Medieval Village of Shotesham St Mary, Henstead Hundred, in the County of Norfolk, England.. Gwynedd Journal. pp 170-85.
<S2>Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Vol II.
<S3>Serial: Bryant, T. H.. 1898-1915. The Churches of Norfolk.. Vols 1-19..

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