Record Details

NHER Number:3225
Type of record:Monument
Name:Pigg's Grave, Gallowhill Lane


Pigg's Grave is at a crossroads when three parishes meet. There are various theories about the origin of the name, including a outbreak of swine fever and a murder committed by a highwayman. However, the most likely explanation is that this was the site of a suicide's grave.

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Grid Reference:TG 0280 3312
Map Sheet:TG03SW

Full description

Probably a suicide burial at crossroads.
Was there also a gallows here? See also Gallowhill Lane adjacent.
Present mounds at crossroads are only due to road widening 1934 to 1935.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

(S1) lists 2 theories; 1) the name comes from an outbreak of swine fever. But Pigg Lane in Norwich was earlier known as Pig Lane and altered at residents' request.
2) Mr Pigg was killed by a highwayman here; a tombstone to Mr Pigg was said to be in the churchyard.
This sounds like romanticism. Almost certainly a suicide grave.
E. Rose (NAU) 1976.

See (S2) in file.

A watching brief recorded several ditches, probably of post-medieval date.
See (S3).
D. Holburn (HES), 5 December 2011.

Monument Types

  • GALLOWS (Unknown date)
  • INHUMATION (Unknown date)

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Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 191?. The Churches of Norfolk.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Who was Pigg?. 4 November. 2.
<S3>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1999. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 369-387. p 385.

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