Record Details

NHER Number:4128
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval leper hospital and church


Part of the site of a medieval leper hospital and church, probably founded in 1150 (see also NHER 4124). Possible wall foundations, tiles, mortar and flint, together with human skeletal remains, were found during road-widening works in the 1960s.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8181 1304
Map Sheet:TF81SW

Full description

1967. Possible wall foundation uncovered about 30cm to 45cm (12 to 18 inches) deep parallel with A1065 and another possible wall going off at right angles. This was probably south of where human skeletal remains were found. About 822m (900 yards) eastsoutheast of Herrington's Pit.

Tiles and mortar and flint found. Information from P. H. Lambley (NCM) and W. F. Milligan (NCM).
W. Milligan (NCM).

1967. Skeletons found on west side of A1065 while widening road, about 90cm to 1.2m (3 to 4 feet) deep. About 822m (900 yards) eastsoutheast of Herrington's Pit (all apparently lepers from about 1100 to 1350 AD. E. Rose NAU). There were about twelve skeletons with one or two more disturbed by later burial.
Information from E. B. Green and W. F. Milligan (NCM). Donor Norfolk County Council Highways Department. See also (S1). W. Milligan (NCM).

Sketch plans from card in file.

House of Lepers with church, probably founded about the time of Henry II, and it may have fallen into disuse after about 1350.
Information from Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU), 2 February 1990.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Unknown date)
  • WALL (Unknown date)
  • CEMETERY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • LEPER HOSPITAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • TILE (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 81 SW 22 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Southacre.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Human Skeletal Remains (HSR). South Acre.
<S1>Serial: 1967. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1967. No 14. p 8.
<S2>Article in Serial: Wells, C. 1968. A Leper Cemetery at South Acre, Norfolk. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XI (for 1967) pp 242-248.

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