Record Details

NHER Number:26104
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval ditch, Westwick Street/Barn Road


The site of a ditch, part of the city's medieval defences, referred to in old records.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 22515 09085
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

City ditch.
Evidence for ditch in existance by 1186 to 1210 AD from Grant to Reiner, son of Swein of the land of Swein had held at Heigham next Norwich for 8 pence yearly, 1186 to 1210.

'iace t inter mesuagium suam 't possatum Norwic'.

Evidence for 'new ditch' made by burghers between 1135 and 1155 to 1158 from 'another writ of Henry II concerning the manor of Heigham - next-Norwich 1155 to 1158 AD.

'Et prohibes ne in'uste perdat terram suam que est intra novum fossatum quod burgenses fecerunt post mortem regis H. Avi mei extra villam de Norwico'. (S1).

R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOWN DEFENCES (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Monograph: West, J. R. 1932. St. Benet of Holme, 1020-1210. The eleventh and and twelfth century sections of Cott. Ms. Galba E.ii, the register of the abbey of St. Benet of Holme. Norfolk Record Society Publications. Vol II. pp 14, 151 no. 282.

Related records

Site 354Parent of: Barn Road (Monument)
384Parent of: Norwich City Defences (Monument)

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