Record Details

NHER Number:18149
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age metal hoard

Summary

A hoard of Late Bronze Age copper alloy objects, including socketed axeheads, was found in a ditch in 1759.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TG21SW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

6 April 1759.
Found in a ditch by children.
Late Bronze Age hoard.
Socketed axes etc.
Formerly wrongly noted under NHER 8102.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 8 June 1982.

This discovery was reported at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries of London on 10 May 1759. The information came from a letter that had been sent by W. Arderon F.R.S of Norwich. See transcription of original minutes (S2). This meeting had been attended by the Rev. William Stukeley and his diary entry for the day (which mentions the Hellesdon hoard) is reproduced in (S3).

A sketch by W. Arderon (S4) depicts a "Roman brass instrument" which is almost certainly one of the objects mentioned in his letter. It may be the implement Stukely recorded in his diary as "…a sacrificing knife, sharp on both edges…", although it should be noted that he may have been wrong to associate this object with the Hellesdon hoard. The meeting minutes suggest that this "knife" may actually be an object that Arderon had seen in the possession of someone from Norwich but was not actually from this site.

According to (S3) the actual finds from this site were subsequently exhibited at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries of London on 17 May 1759. Amongst them was a "bronze gouge" that Stukely had drawn in his diary (Vol xvii, 53), although at the time he noted that it was an "odd thing" whose use he did not know.
P. Watkins (HES), 24 August 2016.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • HOARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 21 SW 21.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Hellesdon.
<S2>Article in Serial: 10 May 1759. Society of Antiquaries. Society of Antiquaries. Vol VIII, pp 159-60.
<S3>Monograph: Lukis, W.C. (ed.). 1885. The Family memoirs of the Rev. William Stukeley, M.D. and the Antiquarian and other Correspondence of William Stukeley, Roger & Samuel Gale. Vol. III. Surtees Society. Vol LXXX.
<S4>Illustration: Arderon, W. 1759. Sketch of a "Roman brass instrument". Paper. 1:1.

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