Record Details

NHER Number:24054
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Late Saxon building, medieval pottery works and multi-period finds, Vong Lane

Summary

Excavations carried out by the NAU during the 1980s and in 1992 revealed Late Saxon and medieval buildings, ditches and pits. This was the site of a pottery works during the medieval period, and the site, which fronted a medieval hollow way now under Vong Lane, has produced evidence for domestic occupation dating from the 12th century onwards. Two kilns have been dated to the 15th century. Late Saxon and medieval pottery, as well as a number of medieval finds have been recovered from the site.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7050 2193
Map Sheet:TF72SW
Parish:GRIMSTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Along north boundary of land of former Public House.

October 1987. Disturbed soil where new fence put in, unweathered soil.
Glazed Grimston, mostly 'late' medieval, sherds.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU) 13 October 1987.

1988 to 1989.
Excavation of pottery production site, see (S1).

1991. To south of excavated area, where site continues under modern buildings.
Observation of commercial excavations.
Late Saxon and medieval sherds in small quantities.
See report in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 2 December 1991.

1992. Further excavations adjacent to 1988 to 1989 site. Contexts 1015 to 1175 used.
Evidence for Saxo-Norman domestic occupation comprising ditch and two pits.
In 12th century a hollow way was developed (under modern Vong Lane) and a back lane established. Between these were a post-in-trench building, several pits, and a well.
13th century. Earlier features replaced by a new system of toft ditches.
No evidence for late occupation. No kilns found.
P. Andrews (NAU) 4 May 1992.

June 1992. Finds scatter.
Medieval Grimston green glazed pottery sherds.
Identified by L. Brewster (KLM) 18 July 1992.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PIT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BARN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POTTERY KILN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POTTERY WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROUND HOUSE (DOMESTIC) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DISC (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HORSESHOE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MILLSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NAIL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHOE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WINDOW GLASS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Newspaper Article: King's Lynn Trader. 1988. Digging Up the Distant Past at Pott Row!. 1 September.
---Photograph: EPA-EPT (1988 NAU excavation), CAR,CAS, HAR.
<S1>Monograph: Leah, M. et al.. 1994. The Late Saxon and Medieval Pottery Industry of Grimston, Norfolk: Excavations 1962 to 92.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 64.

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