Record Details

NHER Number:29608
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of medieval village, Carleton Forehoe


A series of ditched rectangular earthwork enclosures are the remains of part of the shrunken village of Carleton Forehoe. Several medieval tofts and house platforms have been surveyed on the site, and fieldwalking has recovered Roman pottery and medieval and post medieval pottery and building materials.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0939 0580
Map Sheet:TG00NE

Full description

Series of near rectangular mainly ditched enclosures, many incomplete, incorporating some existing house sites. Boundary feature vary in width, up to 6m and height, up to 0.6m, but rarely very even. Some platforms visible above the general interior levels, especially in the centre fields including 1 with pot sherds and several small irregular pits are adjacent. A meandering watercourse, in part widened to form ponds, flows centrally through the site, and another terrace slope nearer the road may have been a partial boundary to the site. Irregular but definite tofts but no obvious roadway within site.
2 unglazed medieval.
1 late Glazed Grimston.
1 late medieval/early post medieval.
1 Glazed Red Earthenware.
Miscellaneous post medieval brick and tile, not retained.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA) 16 March 1993.
B. Cushion (NLA) March 1993.

1997. Earthwork survey at 1:1000 and (S1) in file.
Pottery identified by A. Rogerson (NLA), contexts on 1:2500 extract.
Context 1:
2 Roman greyware body sherds (1 micaceous).
1 medieval unglazed jar rim.
1 medieval unglazed bowl rim.
1 medieval unglazed base and 12 body sherds.
2 Glazed Grimston handle fragments and 7 body sherds.
Context 2:
1 medieval unglazed body sherd and 1 Glazed Grimston body sherd.
Context 3:
4 medieval unglazed body sherd, 1 roofing tile fragment ?Medieval, 1 Glazed Red Earthenware and various post medieval brick/tile fragments.
Context 4:
1 Late medieval/early post medieval.
Context 5:
1 medieval unglazed rim (earlyish).
B. Cushion (NLA) May 1997.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WATERCOURSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 0905 A; TG0905 C-E.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 73-320-070.
---Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A.. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk.. East Anglian Archaeology. Vol 104. p 22.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 199.
<S1>Unpublished document: Cushion, B.. 1997. Earthwork Survey.

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