Record Details

NHER Number:5627
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Broomhill or Bromehill Augustinian Priory

Summary

This is the site of Broomhill Priory, which was built around 1220 by Sir Hugh De Plaiz, the Lord of Weeting Manor. It was an Augustinian order of Black Canons, and in 1224 a two day fair was established. The Priory included a windmill as well as more than 2000 sheep. It was suppressed in 1528 following complaints about the food, the lack of servants, and the disrepair of the buildings. After the supression the buildings were demolished almost immediately and the lead sold off. It has been suggested that this is the site of the deserted village of Kebburn, but this is thought unlikely. An area of earthworks of probable medieval to post medieval date are visible on the historic aerial photographs within the area of this site and have been recorded under NHER 61992. See record for details. It is likely that at least some of the earthworks recorded within the site may in part relate to this monastic site or relate to the Broomhill and Weeting rabbit warren (NHER 54063), which was owned by the Priory, which was also within this area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 7898 8758
Map Sheet:TL78NE
Parish:WEETING WITH BROOMHILL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Site of Priory. Deserted village? Fairstead.
Late post medieval house with reused masonry demolished 1983.
18th century: key found.
1885: skeletons and pottery found.
1980. Flint flake found.
For full details and photos see file.
E. Rose (NAU).

1989-1990. Metal detecting.
1 Late Saxon key.
1 medieval brooch, 1 buckle and 1 casket mount.
See list in file and copies of polaroid in file [1].
A. Rogerson (NLA), 17 July 2007.

February 2017. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
An area of earthworks of probable medieval to post medieval date are visible on the historic aerial photographs within the area of this site and have been recorded under NHER 61992. See record for details. It is likely that at least some of the earthworks recorded within the site may in part relate to this monastic site or relate to the Broomhill and Weeting rabbit warren (NHER 54063), which was owned by the Priory, was also within this area.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 24th February 2017.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PRIORY (Medieval to 16th Century - 1066 AD? to 1528 AD?)
  • MARKET (13th Century to 19th Century - 1224 AD to 1872 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to Late 20th Century - 1540 AD? to 1983 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BROOCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CASKET (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Vol II.
---Map: Bryant. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
---Unpublished Document: Moore, G. (Weeting History Group). 2002. The History of Broomhill Priory and Fair, Weeting, Norfolk..
---Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.
---Unpublished Document: Clarke, W. G. 1919-1927. Norfolk Notes. 30 August 1919.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 78 NE 21 [2]; TL 78 NE 23.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Publication: Knowles, D. and Hadcock, R. N. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales. pp 138, 150.
---Publication: Norgate, F.. 1897. Zoologist.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 756.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Wetting [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: CLU 24-5.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

Related records

61992Parent of: Earthworks of probable medieval to post medieval date, possible relating to Broomhill Priory (NHER 5627) (Monument)

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