Record Details

NHER Number:40139
Type of record:Monument
Name:Horsford Castle Park

Summary

The park mentioned in a document dating to 1302 and is shown on a 1773 map. It may be of medieval origins. The park as in two sections. Great Park to the north, Little Park to the south. Little Park is likely to have been a medieval deer park with Lodge Farm as its management centre. The boundary of the park is marked on old maps and in some areas original banks, ditches and hedges may mark the line of the boundary. The castle had one of only three medieval chases in Norfolk. The chase referred to hunting rights over people's land.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 19945 16537
Map Sheet:TG11NE
Parish:HORSFORD, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

2003. Earthwork Survey.
Park as shown on 1773 map, and perhaps of medieval origin.Great Park to the north, Little Park to the south. Little Park is likely to be the deer park with Lodge Farm as its management centre. The boundary of the park is marked on old maps and in some areas original banks and hedges may mark the line of the boundary.
See (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 6 February 2004.

(S2) notes that Horsford Castle has one of only three medieval Chases in Norfolk. A Chase is not the same as a park, as it refers to hunting rights over other people’s land, but this may be relevant.
E. Rose (NLA), 1 April 2006.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DEER PARK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PARK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Map: 1773. NRO 48 BCH.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 578.
<S1>Unpublished document: Cushion, B.. 2003. Horsford Archaeological Earthwork Investigation North of Castle.
<S2>Verbal communication: Liddiard, R.. 2006. Lecture at Cambridge. March.

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