Record Details

NHER Number:16279
Type of record:Building
Name:17th century house and witch bottle


This 17th century timber framed house has a multi angled brick chimney stack. The small extension still has a high gable showing the roof used to be thatched. Inside one of the fireplaces a sealed pottery witch bottle containing nails and copper alloy pins was found. It was believed that this would confine evil spirits, protecting the house, until the bottle was opened.


  • X-ray of a witch bottle found in Earsham.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 3058 8899
Map Sheet:TM38NW

Full description

3 July 1980. Visit.
House west of Camphill.
Timber framed house with multi angled brick chimney stack on base formerly with plaque? 17th century type. Small extension still has high gable showing its roof formerly thatched. Two mullioned windows uncovered - possibly not in
a preservable state.
Information from South Norfolk District Council.
E. Rose (NAU), 25 April 1985.

In one of the two back to back fireplaces in off centre stack, a Bellarmine witchbottle found.
More information to come.
W. Milligan (NCM), 22 May 1986.

The bottle contained iron nails and copper alloy pins and was below the hearth in the western fireplace.
See (S1).
Fireplace is between oven and stair.
See (S2).
W. Milligan (NCM), 8 May 1986.

Monument Types

  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WITCH BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Photograph: X ray. NX 2196 to 2197.
<S2>Map: Finder's Map..

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