Record Details

NHER Number:9984
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval strip fields

Summary

Aerial photographs taken in 1946 showed that five medieval strip fields survived here. At this time the owners were still using the land in these anciently defined strips. The fields had widths of either 10m, 18m or 30m and they appeared on the Tithe Map of the area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 171 972
Map Sheet:TM19NE
Parish:THARSTON, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

South of Marsh Lane by junction with Ashwellthorpe; field with strip cultivation with separate owners still operating 1947.
Photograph taken in 1947 by D. H. Smith.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Hapton Hole (S1).
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

February 5, 1960.
Section at 172 971 still survives.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

20 July 1988.
Strip field system still evidenced on NAU aerial photography.

1997. Northwest field still has three strips, although five still worked in 1946 (RAF air photo), the western one of around 30m, central three of around 10m and eastern one of around 18m, widths.
The field to the east had strips in 1946 of variable widths, narrowing to the north, now one field.
The southeast field, still has one subdivision as in 1946.
Tithe Map shows details similar to the 1946 aerial photograph.
B. Cushion (NLA), August 1997.

Monument Types

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 1797 B-E, K-T; TM19/TM1796/A.
---(No record type): Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Tharston.
<S1>Unpublished document: Clarke, W. G. 1919-1927. Norfolk Notes. 5 February 1921.

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