Record Details

NHER Number:2401
Type of record:Monument
Name:Thorpland deserted medieval village

Summary

This is the site of the deserted medieval village of Thorpland, attested to by documentary sources and finds recovered from here in 1964 when a gravel pit was extended over part of the area. These finds included medieval and later sherds, human skeletons, coffin nails, paten and chalice, lead fragments and building materials. This evidence points to the presence of a church with an associated graveyard. The reasons for abandonment are not clear but it is likely that a dwindling population was unable to maintain a settlement here and consequently relocated.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 616 082
Map Sheet:TF60NW
Parish:RUNCTON HOLME, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1964. Found by [1].
Part of Rinyo-Clacton bowl.
See (S1) .
E.B. Green (NCM).

1964. Extensions of gravel pit over site of Thorpland deserted medieval village.
Medieval and later sherds found, human skeletons, coffin nails, paten and chalice.
Lead and building materials found by [1].
See (S1).
E.B. Green (NCM).

Skulls stacked in heap according to KLM card.
E. Rose, (NLA).

From deserted medieval village site: handmade sherds, apparently Iron Age.
Held by KLM.
Information from [2].
E. Rose (NLA).

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHALICE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NAIL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PATEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 60 NW 4.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Runcton Holme.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Runcton Holme.
<S1>Serial: Flint. Council for British Archaeology Bulletin. No 11.

Related records

2415Related to: Site of St Thomas' Church, Thorpeland (Monument)

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