Record Details

NHER Number:23064
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval settlement


A concentration of medieval pottery and undated tile sherds indicative of settlement were recovered during the Fenland Survey. Documentary evidence suggests the settlement sprung up around a causeway over the Fen.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 6398 1274
Map Sheet:TF61SW

Full description

11 November 1986. Fenland fieldwalking.
Young cereal, well weathered soil. Field on south side of drain farming parish boundary.
Context 1. TTH AA.
General scatter medieval sherds.
Context 2 at 6388 1276. TTH 1.
Concentration medieval pottery on what appears to be silt roddon close to upland edge. Pottery sparse to moderate, no obvious bone or shell, but a lot of tile beyond western edge of site. 44m east to west x 26m north to south at 2.1m OD.
Finds in NCM. [1]
R. Silvester (NAU), 11 November 1986.

For full details of wares, flint types etc, see Fenland Folders (S1).

Spetember 2007. ALSF NHER Enhancement Sub-Unit D.
TTH 1.
Site of medieval settlement. The only medieval site discovered during the survey of Tottenhill was adjacent to the probable causeway that crossed the neck of the Nar valley, south of Setchey. Any traces of the medieval causeway, which is known to have existed in 1271 must have disappeared as the main road was improved over the years. On the higher upland next to the medieval route it is hardly surprising that dwellings sprung up.
Inforamtion from (S2).
M. Dennis (NLA), 28 September 2007.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CAUSEWAY (13th Century to 16th Century - 1271 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • TILE (Undated)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. TTH 1. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. TTH AA. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1988. The Fenland Project Number 3: Marshland and Nar Valley, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 45. p 138.

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