Record Details

NHER Number:15803
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Post medieval witch bottles

Summary

Two post medieval stoneware jars containing pins and rodent bones were found under a hearth and doorstep in 1964. They were intended to ward off evil spirits.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1137 2744
Map Sheet:TG12NW
Parish:HEYDON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

About 1964.
In eastern of lodges at end of village street.
Witch bottle found under doorstep, another under hearth.
Both bellarmines, containing pins, vole and rat bones.

The lodge appears to be early 19th century, but may stand on an older site. Information from D. Edwards (NAU) who saw the bottles and pins.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 February 1980.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WITCH BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TG 1127J,K.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

Related records - none

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