Record Details

NHER Number:3983
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of Custhorpe deserted medieval village

Summary

This is the alleged site of Custhorpe deserted medieval village. This settlement was mentioned in the Domesday Book but its exact location within Westacre parish is unknown. Extensive metal detecting and fieldwalking in this area during 1983-98 recovered a huge number of metal objects including two hundred and eleven medieval and post medieval coins, tokens and jettons. Other finds included Early Saxon wrist clasps, Roman brooches, various Neolithic flint implements and a medieval pilgrim badge.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 78 14
Map Sheet:TF71SE
Parish:WESTACRE, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Alleged site of deserted village - doubtful.
1983. Medieval sherd found.
1985. Found with metal detector. Early Saxon wrist clasps (S2), Roman, medieval and post medieval coins, Late Saxon and medieval (S3) metalwork, Early Saxon sherds and loomweight.
1987. Found with metal detector. Roman brooch, medieval-post medieval metalwork.
1988. Found with metal detector. Early Saxon wrist clasp (S4), Middle Saxon metalwork and coin, medieval metalwork.
1992. Metal detector finds. Medieval and post medieval finds, including coin.
1993. Metal detector finds. Roman, medieval, post medieval metalwork and coins.
1994. Medieval coins, early Neolithic flints.
1995. Medieval pilgrim badge.
1996. Fieldwalking. Flints. Early Saxon, medieval sherds.
1997. Fieldwalking. Flints, medieval sherds, Early Saxon sherds and whorl.

See full list of finds, coin forms etc. in file.

See file for eleven pages of identifications by [1] of two hundred and eleven medieval and post medieval coins, tokens and jettons found during Summer 1998.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 12 May 2003.

Possible site of Early Saxon settlement.
See (S1).
D. Robertson (NLA), 28 July 2008.

Early 2008. Metal detecting.
1 medieval coin,
see list in file.
A. Rogerson, (NLA), 31 August 2009

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • NEEDLE (Undated)
  • HAMMERSTONE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TOILET ARTICLE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • LOOMWEIGHT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • COIN (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOOK FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DAGGER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HARNESS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • NEEDLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PAGE HOLDER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PERSONAL ORNAMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PILGRIM BADGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TWEEZERS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUTTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COIN WEIGHT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FERRULE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • JETTON (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • KNIFE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NEEDLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SEAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Westacre.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: CSF 15-17, CVF 22-36, CUJ 1-11, CZA 34-36, EDN 23-36.
<S1>Article in serial: Davison, A. 2003. The Archaeology of the Parish of West Acre. Part 1: Field Survey Evidence. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 202-221. pp 212-213.
<S2>Illustration: Penn, K. 1985. Drawing of an Early Saxon wrist clasp.. Film. 2:1.
<S3>Illustration: Stokes, J.. Unknown. Drawing of a post-medieval belt-slide.. Paper. 2:1.
<S4>Illustration: Bradley, S.. 1988. Drawing of an Early Saxon wrist clasp.. Card. 2:1.

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