Record Details

NHER Number:21812
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible World War Two anti-aircraft battery, undated mound, medieval pottery sherds

Summary

Fieldwalking in 1985 by the Fenland Survey recovered sherds of medieval pottery, mostly from the eastern part of this field. A concentration of medieval sherd were also noted on a possible artificial platform. Metal detecting in 1993 recovered a post medieval silver coin, a circular lead seal matrix and a jetton. Aerial photography from 1946 also recorded the cropmarks of a possible anti-aircraft battery and/or searchlight battery.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 58 15
Map Sheet:TF51NE
Parish:WIGGENHALL ST GERMANS, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

7 October 1985. Fieldwalking; oilseed rape dry but moderately weathered.
Context 1: odd sherds medieval pottery mostly in east part of field. Also medieval roofing tile. WMV AY (S1).
Finds in NCM.
R. J. Silvester (NAU), 15 October 1985.

4 October 1985.
Context 2 at [1]: continuation of 21371/context 1 in field to south (now separated only by grassy bank. Set on slight hump no more than 0.5m high? Could be an artificial platform -not apparently a roddon. Not as much material as in NHER 21371/context 1 but this could be due to dry conditions. Around 70m x 20m. WMV 8 (S2).
Finds in NCM.
For full details of pottery wares, etc, see Fenland Folders (S3).
R. J. Silvester (NAU), 15 October 1985.

September 1993. Metal detector finds.
Context 3 at [2]: one post medieval silver coin. See list in file.
Context 4 at [3]: circular lead seal matrix with central rosette (octofoil). S'GO+I…?? Moulded decoration on reverse includes a cross in relief. Broken loop.
Context 5 at [4]: post medieval jetton. See list in file.
Identified by S. Margeson and J. Davies (NCM).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 1 November 1993.

1946. RAF aerial photograph shows at Context 6 a double complex of circular parch/cropmarks in grass comprising one group of three and another of five, one large and four smaller. Linking paths or pipes are noted, including leading to an extant building to west. Possible anti-aircraft battery and/or searchlight battery.
B. Cushion (NLA), 8 January 1998.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SEARCHLIGHT BATTERY (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 51/TF 5815/B.
---Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WMV 8. FENS.
---Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WMV AY. FENS.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.

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