Record Details

NHER Number:13612
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War One airfield

Summary

This World War One airfield was in use between 1916 and 1918 as a 3rd class landing ground. The nearby farm was bombed in a Zeppelin raid aimed at the airfield during this time. Cropmarks of ring ditches previously recorded as part of this site, and considered to be of World War One date, are more likely to be Bronze Age round barrows and are now recorded as NHER 43538-9.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 311 887
Map Sheet:TM38NW
Parish:EARSHAM, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Airfield.
3rd class landing ground 1916 to 1918. Informant states that the farm was bombed in a Zeppelin raid presumably aimed at the airfield.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 7 July 1980.

21 July 1983, 4 July 1989. NAU air photography
Positive cropmark of a ring ditch at 3100 8875.
D. Edwards (NAU), 17 July 1985.

Bearing in mind the occurrence of circular marks on such airfields, and the known example of NHER 13549 where the mark is definitely the landing mark for aircraft - and noting the width of the mark in this case, an airfield identification seems more probable than a Bronze Age date.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 June 1985.

30 June 1986. NAU air photography.
Shows two more circular features to southeast of that described, but one is remarkably small and could be a military feature; the other could well be a frost polygon. Neither is the normal type of Bronze Age ring ditch.
E. Rose (NLA), 26 February 1993

April 2006. Norfolk NMP.
Two of the ring ditch cropmarks previously recorded at this site are now recorded separately under individual NHER numbers (NHER 43538-39). The third possible ring ditch, located at TM 3096 8831, is of natural origin. Although it is possible that two ring ditch cropmarks could relate to the World War One airfield, the presence of a dispersed Bronze Age barrow cemetery to the southwest (NHER 43540, 43610-2) means that an earlier origin is much more likely.
J. Albone (NMP), 12 April 2006

Monument Types

  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (World War One - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Verbal communication: Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum.

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