Record Details

NHER Number:8687
Type of record:Monument
Name:Midsands Cross

Summary

The Midsands Cross, an extant medieval boundary marker, was originally located on the south side of the Grubb’s Haven channel and marked the boundary between Great Yarmouth and Caister on Sea. It is visible on aerial photographs. Fragments of Roman or Late Saxon pottery and oyster shells have been found beneath the cross in a possible rubbish pit.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 52517 10032
Map Sheet:TG51SW
Parish:GREAT YARMOUTH, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

Core only. 1.83m (6 feet) diameter at base 1.83m (6 feet) high.
Owned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1961. By Midsands Cross.
Two sherds of first century black Roman ware picked up by [1] and one Roman rim found in situ about 60cm (2 feet) under base of Midsands Cross in disturbed loam with animal bones oystershells. Probably Roman refuse pit. C. Green (NCM) thinks these sherds are Late Saxon.
See (S1).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

July 2005. Norfolk NMP.
The Midsands Cross, an extant medieval boundary marker, is visible on aerial photographs (S2), (S3) and (S4). This cross, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM 31132), is located at TG 52515 10035 on the east side of Crosstead Road. It was originally located on the south side of the Grubb’s Haven channel and marked the boundary between Great Yarmouth and Caister on Sea. In the mid 20th century the cross lay in an area of allotments (S2). It had been surrounded by a housing development by 1965 (S3) and (S4).
J. Albone (NMP), 28 July 2005

Monument Types

  • PIT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOUNDARY CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1962. Midsands Cross (letter to the editor). 12 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1962. Monument 'A Real Nuisance'. 7 December.
---Illustration: Finds Illustration.
---Scheduling record: Corbishley, M.J.. 1983. AM107.
---Unpublished document: Rye, G.. 1961. Letter. G. Rye to R. R. Clarke re Midsands Cross.. 8 April.
---Unpublished document: 1998. Schedule Report.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1961. A Yarmouth-Caister Boundary Dispute. 10 March.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Yarmouth (Great).
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Yarmouth (Great) [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in serial: Rye, C. G. 1965. Midsands Cross. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIII pp 114-118.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 2037-2038 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 5110B / TG 5210A).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1965. MAL 65029 137 11-APR-1965 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1997. OS/97613 076-77 01-JUN-1997.

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