Record Details

NHER Number:33
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Multi period finds at the site of the new Colman Galleries, Norwich Castle Motte


In 1950 the Castle Mound was excavated as part of the process of foundation laying for the new Colman galleries. This work did not reveal any sign of timber buildings but directly below traces of the 19th century prison were 14th century deposits. It is possible that the top of the mound was removed when the 19th century prison was built. The majority of finds were pottery sherds and animal bones and dated to the 11th-14th centuries.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2320 0854
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

1950. Castle Mound in excavating foundations for new Colman galleries. Top 4.6m (15ft) of soil removed.
No sign of timber buildings - directly below traces of 19th century prison were 14th century deposits. Possible that top of mound removed when 19th century prison built.
Finds: 11th-14th century pottery, capital of pillar, hone, kitchen flesh hook and a buckle. Animal bones and shellfish shells.
Plan and photographs at NCM.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Monument Types

  • MOTTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PRISON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • WHETSTONE (Undated)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLESH HOOK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.

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