Record Details

NHER Number:352
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Medieval rubbish pit, silver half-penny of Henry VI


In this area, on the bank of the River Wensum near to Cow Tower (NHER 632), a number of animal bones have been recovered. These are thought to be from a single deposit, and was found in association with late medieval pottery sherds. The bones include those of ox, sheep or goat, and bird, and seem likely to represent the contents of a medieval rubbish pit. In 1980 a silver long cross half-penny of Henry VI was also recovered from this area.

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Grid Reference:TG 23 09
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Wensum River bank, south of Cow Tower.

1977. From Wensum River bank on west side around 1m from the surface and beneath high tide level. [1]
Deposit of animal bones and one sherd of late medieval/Trans pottery.
It could not be definitely established whether these were from a single deposit, though this seems likely.
The site is being continually eroded by river action.
The layer was around 30ft (9.1m) long and seems likely to represent a levelled rubbish tip.
Animal bones identified by P. Lawrance. Ox: calcanium, scapula, tibia, ulna, ribs. Sheep/Goat: scapula, humerus, rib. Bird: long bone. [2]
Compiled by M. Atkin.

May 1980. South of Cow Tower. Cathedral side of Cow Tower at low tide while metal detecting.
Silver long cross half penny of Henry VI minted at Calais between 1422 and 1427.
Annulets by neck, annulets between pellet on reverse. North No 1435 (S1).
Compiled by S. Margeson (NCM).

Monument Types

  • RUBBISH PIT? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
<S1>Publication: North, J. J. 1963. English Hammered Coins. No 1435.

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Mon 1227Parent of: River Wensum (Monument)
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632Part of: Cow Tower (Monument)

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