Record Details

NHER Number:9117
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Late Saxon coin hoard


A hoard of over 800 Late Saxon silver pennies hidden in a pottery jar was discovered by workmen in 1958. The coins date to the late 9th and early 10th centuries. Further investigation in the area revealed fragments of Late Saxon pottery and animal bones.

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Map Sheet:TM09NE

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January 27th 1958.
Late Saxon coin hoard of 883 silver pennies found in digging trench for new houses [1].
61cm (2') of soil overlying gravel. Base of jar was at 68cm (2'3") from surface in hole which had been dug to 86cm (2'10"). Concealed about AD 925. This hord is now kept in British and Norwich Museums.
Treasure Trove inquest 10th March 1958.
Other Late Saxon Thetford Ware found nearby and is now in NCM.
See (S7) for further information.

Investigated by R.R. Clarke (NCM).
See (S1), copy in file, and (S2).
See (S3), (S4) and (S5).
R.R. Clarke (NCM)

1958. From trenches dug by builders adjacent to site of Late Saxon coin hoard.
Sherds of Thetford ware and animal bones. NCM 3.959.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

July 1996. Groundworks associated with construction of new college sick bay observed on an occasional basis.
Four large pits dug for soakaways revealed 61cm (2ft) of topsoil over sand/gravel, deepening to 91cm 120cm (3-4ft) in the pits on the south side. Foundation trenches also observed. Area very heavily disturbed by earlier drains etc.
No features or finds.
[2] to metal detect.
D. Gurney (NLA), 12 July 1996.

(S5) in file.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN HOARD (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1958. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries. Vol 5. p 4.
---Map: Finder's Map..
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 09 NE 10.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: NCM. 1958. M322.
---Photograph: NCM. M338.
---Correspondence: Various. 1983. Letters.
---Publication: Bowden, R.A.. The Morley St Peter Hoard.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Late Saxon. Morley [2].
<S1>Article in Serial: Dolley, R.H.M.. 1958. The Morley St Peter Treasure Trove.. The Numismatic Circular. May.
<S3>Monograph: Dolley, M. (ed.). 1961. Anglo-Saxon Coins: studies presented to F.M. Stenton on the occasion of his 80th birthday..
<S4>Article in Serial: Clarke, R.R. & Dolley, R.H.M.. 1958. The Morley St Peter Hoard.. Antiquity. Vol XXXIII, pp 237-8. pp 100-104.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1982. Saxon coins taken from college. 30 September.
<S7>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, J. G. 1960. Medieval Britain in 1958. Medieval Archaeology. Vol III (for 1959) pp 295-326. p 297.

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