Record Details

NHER Number:2474
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Roman saltworks and settlement


Objects have been recovered in this area for over fifty years, and the recovery of briquetage has led this site to be interpreted as a possible Roman salt works. Roman pottery sherds, and human remains have also been recovered from this area, and an aerial photograph of the site has recorded cropmarks of a number of enclosures and an extinct watercourse. It is possible that this area may also be the site of a possible Roman settlement.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 526 985
Map Sheet:TL59NW

Full description

1951 or before.
Roman pottery and skeletons found by Wavey (or Warly?) (Warby. E. Rose.) Western part of area may be settlement, see aerial photographs by S. J. Halum.
See (S1)
R. R. Clarke.

20 April 1978.
Spread of briquetage found - suggested salt working site. Ordnance Survey inspector 'PAS'.
Information from (S2).
E. Rose (NAU), 28 February 1980.

November 1989. Context 2 at 5264 9852.
Scatter of Roman sherds. Site extent: about 30m northeast to southwest x 15m northwest to southeast.
M. Matthews (NAU), 15 November 1989.

November 1989. Context 3 at 5266 9847.
Five Roman sherds. Collected in area of about 10m northeast to southwest x About 5m northwest to southeast.
M. Matthews (NAU) 15 November 1989.

Group of small oblong enclosures either side of extinct watercourse.
A possible rectangular field pattern is visible on Ordnance Survey aerial photographs, at TL 526 984.
See (S2).
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 22 February 1990

Monument Types

  • WATERCOURSE (Unknown date)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SALT WORKS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • WATERCOURSE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. OS 76/126 258-59, RAF/1601/4069, J.K.St.Joseph 0033 EW.
---Monograph: Phillips, C.W.. 1970. The Fenland in Roman Times.. p 235.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Upwell.
<S1>Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S2>Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards.

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