Record Details

NHER Number:4059
Type of record:Monument
Name:Wicken deserted medieval village


This is the possible site of the deserted medieval village of Wicken, visible as earthworks on aerial photographs and on the ground. Former boundaries, a hollow way and building platforms have survived as earthworks. A mid 18th century map of the parish shows several farm buildings on this site, and the earthworks may relate to these post medieval buildings, rather than a medieval settlement.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8046 1759
Map Sheet:TF81NW

Full description

Pre January 1977, 21 June 1977.
Cambridge University Collections, NAU aerial photographs.
Earthworks at Old Wicken Farm, the site of Wicken deserted medieval village.
J. E. Bown (NAU) 11 December 1980.

Marked on (S1) as 'Castle Acre Wicken, demolished'.
E. Rose (NAU)

(S2) shows present Old Wicken Farmhouse as south side of huge quadrangle of buildings filling the whole field and doubtless responsible for some of earthworks.
E. Rose (NAU) and R. Rickett (NAU) 1 October 1985.

Earthworks survive to 1m in places, with holloway and possible platforms visible on ground.
Only 4 trees survive from line shown crossing site on air photograph.
Would merit an earthwork survey to determine character.
H. Paterson (A&E) 18 February 1993.

September 1994. Earthwork Survey.
Remnants of enclosure boundaries, possible trackway and one platform.
Flint wall is probably trace of buildings shown on (S2). See report (S3) for further details. Site extended as on 1:1000 survey plan. Features on Cambridge University Committee of Aerial Photography aerial photograph's transposed thereonto.
Survey also noted in (S4).
B. Cushion (NLA) September 1994.

Under grazed pasture, minimal cattle poaching near farm buildings.
H. Paterson (A&E) 17 September 1998.

Monument Types

  • EARTHWORK (Unknown date)
  • HOUSE (Unknown date)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Unknown date)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Undated)
  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement
  • Management Statement

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8017 A-H,J-R,V,W.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Castle Acre.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Map: 1715 to 1719. The manors and town of Castleacre, now in possession of the Hon. Thomas Coke Esq..
<S3>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1994. Old Wicken SMR4059. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1995. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1994. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt II pp 230-239. p 232.

Related records - none

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