Record Details

NHER Number:4083
Type of record:Monument
Name:Kempstone deserted medieval village


The site of a deserted medieval settlement has been identified from surviving earthworks and cropmarks visible on aerial photographs. Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval pottery have been collected, as have two medieval spur buckles.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 88 15
Map Sheet:TF81NE

Full description

In Domesday (S1), Nomina Villarum (S2), 22 taxpayers in 1329, 19 in 1332, 22 in 1377.
Black death relief 1352 to 1354.
Ten householders 1428.
12 acres emparked, 80 acres converted to grass 1507.
Post medieval sherds found by P. Wade-Martins.
Information taken from (S5).
East of 'lane' soilmarks of medieval house seen.

'On the summit of a hill at Kempstone are several large entrenchments and hollow places much too wide to have been used as a ditch'.
(S3), late 18th century, quoted in (S4).
This surely refers to this site as it is on top of a hill, and there is no other fitting in the parish.
The deserted medieval village earthworks were formerly impressive but now are only faint undulations
E. Rose (NAU), 7 April 1978.

June to August 1978. Context 1.
See [1].
A. Rogerson found in cleaned out dyke side, by southwest corner churchyard, twenty five sherds, mostly small.
One probably Ipswich type ware, two Thetford type ware rims, glazed Grimston.
Subsoil chalky boulder clay.
E. Rose (NAU).

Whole site under arable, little if no variation noted in any of the field heights.
H. Paterson (NAU), October 1992.

Before 29 January 2003. Metal detecting.
See [2].
Two medieval spur buckles.
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 27 February 2003.

May- June 2009. Metal detecting
Medieval pot mend,
See list in file
A. Rogerson, (NLA), 16 July 2009

Monument Types

  • 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)
  • HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT MEND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. TF 8816AE-AF.
---Monograph: Wade-Martins, P. 1980. Fieldwork and Excavation on Village Sites in Launditch Hundred, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 10. pp 29-32.
---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Kempstone.
<S1>Publication: Brown, P (ed.). 1984. Domesday Book: Norfolk. Parts 1 and 2.
<S2>Monograph: Nomina Villarum..
<S3>Publication: Martin, T.. Church Notes. MS vol.3.
<S4>Publication: Rye, W. 1916. Roman Camps and Remains in Norfolk. p 38.
<S5>Article in serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, D. G. 1972. Medieval Britain in 1970. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XV (for 1971) pp 124-179. p129.

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