Record Details

NHER Number:54069
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval rabbit warren, Thetford


Between 2008 and 2009 a field survey undertaken by the Breckland Society recorded the remains of perimeter banks associated with the Thetford Warren and also the parish boundary. Several earthwork banks coinciding with these features are visible on aerial photographs, and have been recorded under NHER 30716.

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Grid Reference:TL 8349 8394
Map Sheet:TL88SW

Full description

2008 - 2009. Warrens of Breckland field survey.
The earliest known date for the warren known as Westwick Warren is 1514 when records list repairs to the lodge. The perimeter banks of the warren survive only in part and mainly where it follows the parish and county boundary. On the western boundary there are sections as long as 100m and the side of the bank facing into the warren has been faced with flints, which is the only known instance of this in Breckland to date. The lodge is a medieval (15th century?) stone keep-like building with defensive features (NHER 2760) and is one of only two medieval standing warren lodges in Breckland the other being at Mildenhall (out of county). The Westwick Warren was leased to Thetford Priory by the Dutchy of Lancaster and after the Dissolution was purchased by Richard Fulmerston. From 1837 this warren specialised in the breeding of silver-greys. The site is currently owned by the Crown Estates and Forestry Commission, English Heritage and the local authority.
See (S1-2).
S. Howard (NLA), 13 May 2010.

October 2010. Norfolk NMP.
Several earthwork banks are visible on aerial photographs (S3-S4) in the region of the warren boundary. They run from TL 8462 8641 to TL 8380 8565. At the southern end, the central of the five ditches is likely to represent the boundary of Thetford rabbit warren (NHER 30716). It is visible for approximately 1100m.
E. Bales (NMP), 18 Oct 2010.

Monument Types

  • RABBIT WARREN (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1514 AD? to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: The Breckland Society. 2010. The Warrens of Breckland: A survey by The Breckland Society..
<S2>Website: The Breckland Society. 2008. The Breckland Society Warrens Project..
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/2021 4068-9 21-APR-1947 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89406 032-3 05-SEPT-1989 (NMR).

Related records

53760Parent of: Medieval rabbit warren bank (Monument)
2760Parent of: Thetford Warren Lodge (Building)
36806Parent of: Undated banks and ditches (Monument)
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