Record Details

NHER Number:16875
Type of record:Building
Name:Post medieval house, Dereham Road


A post medieval house, reputed to date from the mid-16th century. Post medieval animal bones, nails and pottery have been found in the house.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9662 1566
Map Sheet:TF91NE

Full description

November 1980. Find.
This cottage is said to have been constructed in the 1550s, see informant [1].
During restoration in November 1980, two leg bones of a cow (not horse as originally stated) were found under the hearth. These would have been placed there as charm. A lock of human hair and two nails were also found in the upstairs 18th century fireplace that covered a fireplace of 1630. These items were also likely placed there as a charm.
Information from [2] and (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 15 December 1980.

A sooted base sherd of a 16th century green glazed earthenware vessel was also found.
Identified by W. F. Milligan (NCM)
E. B. Green (NCM), November 1983.

The 'human hair' has now been identified as hemp. Information from [2].
It is now in Rural Life Museum.
E. Rose (NAU) 19 November 1984.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NAIL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PLANT REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BVE 14-29.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Museum curator's grisly find. 3 December.

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