Record Details

NHER Number:43725
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval peat cutting, originally an extension of Hickling Broad

Summary

An area of medieval peat extraction is visible on aerial photographs to the immediate south of Hickling Broad (NHER 8387), of which this was originally part. The surrounded road and farm names incorporating ‘Decoy’ suggest that the peat workings were utilised as a duck decoy once it had become water-filled.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 41267 20595
Map Sheet:TG42SW
Parish:POTTER HEIGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

March 2005. Norfolk NMP.
An area of medieval peat extraction is visible on aerial photographs (S1) to the immediate south of Hickling Broad (NHER 8387), of which this was originally part. The surrounded road and farm names incorporating ‘Decoy’ suggest that the peat workings were utilised as duck decoy once it had become water-filled.

To the south of the remaining area of Hickling Broad is a possible former extension of the Broad running alongside Decoy Road. Although it does not show as clearly as some of the other medieval peat working sites identified by aerial photographs, due to the increased colonisation by trees, there does appear to be traces of the characteristic dark and wet appearance of such cuttings (S1). The area is centred on TG 4128 2059 and measures approximately 405m long and 155m wide. The Broad as depicted on Faden’s (1797) and Bryant’s (1826) maps show a similar finger of water extending down (S2-S3). This land has obviously been drained and enclosed by the time the Potter Heigham Tithe map was produced in 1840 (S4).
S. Massey (NMP), 29 March 2005.

Monument Types

  • PEAT CUTTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DECOY POND? (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 2058-60 09-JUL-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
<S4>Map: James Wright. 1840. Potter Heigham Tithe Map. 3 chains: 1 inch.

Related records

8387Part of: Hickling Broad (Monument)

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