Record Details

NHER Number:792
Type of record:Monument
Name:Multi-period finds and features north of cathedral

Summary

Excavations in 1987 and 1988 revealed fragments of Roman pottery, Late Saxon Christian burials that pre-dated the Norman cathedral, a medieval D-shaped flint and mortar structure and mason's work area, large quantities of post medieval brick and tile and a soakaway fed by storm drains running from the cathedral.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 23483 08935
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

NAU excavations, 5 October 1987 to 11 December 1987 and 21 April 1988 to 3 June 1988.
Roman. Residual sherds
Late Saxon. Christian burials aligned east-west and predating the Norman cathedral.
Scatter of Late Saxon pottery (Thetford-type Ware).
Medieval. D-shaped structure at cellar level, constructed of flint and mortar with occasional re-used pieces of limestone.
Small opening of brick on the north side. Straight edge of 'D' butts and overlies the off set foundation of the north transept wall. Spread of limestone chippings and dust forms possible stone masons work area.
Post medieval. Stiff clay to an average depth of 0.8m containing copious amounts of brick and tile.
Cylindrical brick soakaway with domed capping. Storm water drains run ?from the cathedral to the soakaway.
See (S1) for further details.
J. E. Bown (NAU), 1989.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • INHUMATION CEMETERY (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CATHEDRAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DRAIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FEATURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POST HOLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STONEMASONS YARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • LAMP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Article in serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1993. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1992. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLI Pt IV pp 522-532. p 528.
---Article in serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. p 405.
---Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: ERJ.
<S1>Article in serial: Bown, J. 1997. Excavations on the North Side of Norwich Cathedral 1987-8. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 428-452.

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