Record Details

NHER Number:41303
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Saxon to post medieval occupation at Nos 17 to 27 Fishergate

Summary

Excavation in 2005 revealed significant archaeological deposits which included organic material, such as a complete medieval shoe, preserved in waterlogged conditions. The earliest deposits date from the Late Saxon period and include post holes, chalk surfaces and a beam slot. During the 12th to 16th centuries buildings occupied the Fishergate street frontage, while in the space behind these buildings a large pit of industrial/craft purpose was in use in the later medieval period.

In the post medieval period this space appears to have remained open, perhaps as a garden, whilst along Fishergate properties of 16th or 17th century date occupied the street frontage. These buildings survived until the plot was developed in the second half of the 20th century.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 23238 09119
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

April 2005. Evaluation. Contexts 1-382.
Excavation of three trenches revealed significant archaeological remains, including organic finds preserved by the waterlogged conditions of the site including a complete medieval leather shoe. The earliest occupation in this area appears to date from the Late Saxon period, with archaeological features including post holes, chalk surfaces and a beam slot. During the 12th to 16th centuries, surfaces (and presumably associated buildings) occupied the Fishergate street frontage, while in the space behind these buildings at the north of the site, perhaps within a yard, large pit of industrial/craft purpose were in use in the later medieval period (15th to early 16th centuries). In the post medieval period this space appears to have remained open, perhaps as a garden, whilst along Fishergate properties of 16th or 17th century date occupied the street frontage. These buildings survived until the plot was developed in the second half of the 20th century.
Finds residual in later contexts included a small number of Late Prehistoric worked flints, a single Roman tile and Early Saxon pottery.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2) and (S3).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.105).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 3 January 2006. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 2 July 2015 and 18 May 2019.

January 2006. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of piling and associated groundworks. No contexts used.
No archaeological finds or features.
See report (S4) for further details.
J. Allen (NLA), 1 March 2007.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • ANTLER WORKING SITE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BEAM SLOT (Late Saxon to Medieval - 900 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR (Late Saxon to Medieval - 900 AD to 1100 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Late Saxon to Medieval - 900 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CESS PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DRAIN? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FLOOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HEARTH (Medieval to 14th Century - 1100 AD to 1399 AD)
  • GULLY (14th Century to 16th Century - 1400 AD to 1599 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • KNIFE (Unknown date)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • END SCRAPER (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • KNIFE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FISH REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHOE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval to 14th Century - 1100 AD to 1399 AD)
  • WHETSTONE (Medieval to 14th Century - 1100 AD to 1399 AD)
  • PEG (13th Century to 15th Century - 1250 AD to 1499 AD)
  • TEXTILE (14th Century to 17th Century - 1350 AD to 1699 AD)
  • JAR (15th Century to 17th Century - 1500 AD to 1699 AD)
  • DRESS FASTENER (DRESS) (16th Century to 17th Century - 1540 AD to 1700 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (16th Century to 17th Century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Adams, D. 2005. An Archaeological Evaluation at 17-27 Fishergate, Norwich, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 1063.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 131.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 2007. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2006. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt II pp 261-273. p 267.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Watkins, P. J. 2006. An Archaeological Watching Brief at 17-25 Fishergate, Norwich. NAU Archaeology. 1134.

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