Record Details

NHER Number:25283
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval peat cutting, Leziate Fen


This area was used as a source of peat during the post medieval period, perhaps continuing into the 20th century.

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Grid Reference:TF 703 200
Map Sheet:TF72SW

Full description

Apparent ancient disturbance of the northwest part of the fen led to investigation of the site.
Lumps of tufa were picked up.
Local people in the village told [1] that peat digging had taken place there.
Information confirmed by (S1) suggesting still going in 19th to 20th century.
[1] suggested tufa might have been deposited from Gaywood river and might have been used by villagers to lime soil. (S1) states he was informed that treetrunks were often found when peat digging in Leziate Fen.
E.B. Green (NCM) April 1989.

NB. Tufa, as above, NOT turf as on original record.

Monument Types

  • PEAT CUTTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

<S1>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1919. The Natural History of Norfolk Commons. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol X pp 294-318.

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