Record Details

NHER Number:5352
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bowthorpe deserted medieval village

Summary

This is the site of Bowthorpe deserted medieval village. The village church (NHER 58792) originated in the Saxon period but was abandoned by the 16th century and survives only as ruins. The village also appears to have been very sparsely populated by the 16th century and was consolidated with Earlham in 1789, leaving the medieval buildings to gradually become dilapidated. Metal-detecting at this site between 1974 and 1987 has recovered a diverse range of artefacts including a medieval belt hook, Early Saxon brooch and Roman coin.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1775 0910
Map Sheet:TG10NE
Parish:BOWTHORPE, NORWICH, NORFOLK
COSTESSEY, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

Site of deserted village.

BOWTHORPE HALL, PREVIOUSLY RECORDED UNDER THIS NUMBER, IS NOW RECORDED UNDER NHER 58791.
RUINS OF ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BOWTHORPE, PREVIOUSLY RECORDED UNDER THIS NUMBER, IS NOW RECORDED UNDER NHER 58792.

Pre-1974. Stray find.
Medieval sherds found.

1975.
Very large ditch or pit seen in section. Foundations, Early Saxon and medieval sherd.

1978. Metal-detecting..
Medieval coin and belt hook.

1983. Metal-detecting.
Late Roman strap-end.
Early Saxon brooch.
Medieval to post medieval finger ring.
E.B. Green (NCM), February 1984.

1986. Metal-detecting.
Late Saxon-medieval brooch found with metal detector.

1987. Metal-detecting.
Roman coin.

1997. Trial Trenching.
Excavation of two trenches revealed only cottage of recent date.
See report (S1) for further details. Excavation notes, plans, artefact drawings, correspondence in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 10 December 1997.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • FLOOR (Unknown date)
  • HEARTH (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Unknown date)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Undated)
  • STRAP END (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • BROOCH (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BROOCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINGER RING (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Graphic Material: Various. Various. Architectural plans..
---Map: Finder's Map..
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 10 NE 10 [3].
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Costessey.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: TG1709H-J.
<S1>Monograph: 1983. Bowthorpe, a Community's Beginnings.. p 12.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Shelley, A. 1997. An evaluation at Chapel Break, Bowthorpe, Norwich. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 286.

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