Record Details

NHER Number:127
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval pits, ditches and well, 23-27 St Giles Street


In 1970 excavations for a multi-storey car park on the site of the Hippodrome Theatre uncovered a number of archaeological features. These took the form of pits, cess pits and two wells. One of the wells was possibly late medieval but the other was later. Several artefacts were also recovered and included medieval and post medieval pottery sherds and many complete 19th century glass bottles.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2280 0860
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

1970. Excavations for multi-storey car park on the site of the Hippodrome Theatre.
Pits, cess pits and two wells found.
One well (hole p) possibly late medieval; the other (hole B) quite late.
Holes A and B showed in their north section what looked like a large ditch 11m (36ft) wide and 1.8-2.4m (6ft-8ft) deep.
Not possible to confirm this as it was next to the Friends Meeting House.
The ditch did not appear south of holes A and B.
Medieval pottery and post medieval pottery. Medieval rim and body sherd. One fragment burnt clay.
Many complete 19th century bottles.
Sketch showing holes at NCM.
Finds held by NCM.
W. Milligan (NCM).

For details of the hippodrome, and plaster casts removed from it now intended to go to the new Playhouse Theatre, see reference (S1) (copy in file).

Monument Types

  • CESS PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • THEATRE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRIQUETAGE (Undated)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: 1922. G.S. Swain Photographic Dealers, 27 St Giles Street, Norwich.. Digital (JPEG).
---Unpublished document: NCM Staff. 1973-1989. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card - Norwich.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994. 18 April.

Related records

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Mon 587Parent of: 23-27 St Giles Street (Monument)
Site 876Parent of: 23-27 St. Giles Street (Monument)
Mon 1401Parent of: Upper Goat Lane (from Friends Meeting House to no.6) (Monument)
Mon 1479Part of: Nether Newport, St Giles Street (Monument)

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