Record Details

NHER Number:11964
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of medieval deserted settlement

Summary

Irregular earthworks at this site may be the remains of a deserted medieval settlement, although NHER 2635 is a more probable site. Metal detecting and fieldwalking have recovered finds dating from the Roman to the post medieval periods.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TF70NW
Parish:BEACHAMWELL, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Mentioned in Domesday. Later combined with Bycham to form Beechamwell.
OS inspector [1] found banks and hollows here 25 March 1955, and probed to find a hard surface at 1m deep, also the remains of 'cobbled walling' , 35m high and 1.5m long. Land had not been ploughed for 14 years.
However NHER 2635 is the more probable site for Wella deserted medieval village.

15 August 1979.
Site visited by E. Rose (NAU)
There are indeed banks and hollows here, but they do not form any recognisable pattern. Some are clearly an old pond.

1987 to 1988. Found with metal detecting and in fieldwalking.
Wall and features.
Finds of Bronze Age, Roman, Early Saxon (S1), Middle Saxon, Late Saxon, medieval and post medieval metalwork (S1), pottery, brooches, jettons etc.
E. Rose (NAU) 18 November 1987.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • EARTHWORK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Undated)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • COIN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • TWEEZERS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BOX (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BROOCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SEAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SPUR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOKEN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WEIGHT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DRESS COMPONENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STRAP FITTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • THIMBLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 7405A-F.
---Archive: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 70 NW 10 [2].
---Photograph: 1988. LCG 5-6, Sword belt fitting..
---Photograph: 1988. LCG7-8, Brooch fragment..
---Photograph: 1988. LCG 9-10, Ring brooch..
---Photograph: 1988. LCG 11-14, Late Saxon tweezers..
---Photograph: 1988. LCG 15-16, Medieval ring brooch..
---Photograph: 1988. LCG 17-18, Undated looped object..
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Photograph: EQN 6-7, 22-33, EUQ 21-32, EQS 1-9, EWE 1-4, 21-24.
<S1>Illustration: Penn, K. 1987. Drawing of an Early Saxon wrist clasp.. Film. 2:1.
<S2>Illustration: Bradley, S.. 1988. Drawing of an Early Saxon small-long brooch headplate.. Card. 2:1.
<S3>Illustration: Bradley, S.. 1988. Drawing of an Early Saxon side knob from a cruciform brooch.. Card. 2:1.
<S4>Illustration: Penn, K.. 1987. Drawing of a post-medieval hooked tag.. Film. 2:1.

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