Record Details

NHER Number:1729
Type of record:Monument
Name:Gun Hill


A large sand dune, now eroded, that may have been a defensive installation in the Napoleonic War. Nothing now remains, but the site was reused by the military in World War Two, and traces of huts from then can be seen.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 848 456
Map Sheet:TF84NW

Full description

Name may indicate a fort site.
E. Rose (NAU), 1974.

Visited 25 October 1984.
Name refers to a very large sand dune now hollowed out by winds.
No trace of masonry but strategic value of site is shown by traces of World War Two huts nearby; also double brick chimney stack apparently of 19th century date but not on Ordnance Survey 25 inch 1946 edition, which does show the huts.
Possibly site of temporary gun position in Napoleonic Wars, see defensible granary (site NHER 20875) nearby.
E. Rose (NAU), 1 November 1984.

2000. Field Observation.
Site examined as part of archaeological assessment of Holkham Estate.
Chimney stack still standing in dunes, some 4m high; slow erosion.
See report (S1) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 22 April 2015.

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 84 NW M.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Burnham Overy.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2000. The Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Archaeological Survey (Final Report). Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 532.

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