Record Details

NHER Number:4186
Type of record:Monument
Name:Pinkneys or Sparham deserted medieval village


The earthworks of a deserted medieval village can be seen. A well and the foundation of a wall were discovered here along with pieces of Late Saxon and 12th to 13th century pot. The deserted village is recorded as being called Pinkneys or Sparham.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 874 111
Map Sheet:TF81SE

Full description

Deserted medieval village site.
Pinkneys according to R.R. Clarke (NCM).
Sparham according to Ordnance Survey who say mentioned in Nomina Villarum.

June 1956.
Sealed well of flint and mortar around 1.5m (5 feet) diameter found opposite hall, water level around 4.5m (15 feet) deep. Also found were animal bones, 12th to 13th century pottery (NCM 37.960) and part base of rotary quern. Mortared flint wall around 2.7m (9 feet) long found near well. Ditch and bank round area on three sides.
Inforamtion from E.P.V. Whitaker.

In January 1982 above pottery re-examined by A. Rogerson (NAU) who found it included two Thetford-type ware rims.

May 1978. Visit.
Two of the fields are under crop; the ground is still bumpy but has been levelled (see NHER 4189, destroyed 'barrow' probably a deserted medieval earthwork). On map, 'ditch' marked on west, but looks more like an old hollow way. Banks crowned by hedges around edge of site; probably only old field boundaries.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 May 1978.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Necton.

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