Record Details

NHER Number:29590
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval earthworks of Matlask village


The medieval to post medieval earthworks of the shrunken village of Matlask, shown on Faden's map of 1797 and on early 19th century Ordnance Survey maps. A hollow way may be the remains of the village street, and there are a series of earthwork enclosures with banked, terraced and ditched boundaries. Fragments of Late Saxon pottery have been found on the site.

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Grid Reference:TG 1524 3499
Map Sheet:TG13SE

Full description

Series of enclosures with banked, terraced and ditched boundaries, mainly on the northern part of site. One enclosure at the west end has a distinct platform, probably the building shown on (S1). Another smaller platform at a lower level is to the northeast of this. At the eastern end, a hollow way heading northeast to southwest disappears near to a large platform like area which has terraced enclosure boundaries to the north. The hollow way may be part of the village street alignment as shown on (S2). The other features look more likely to be associated with the now demolished Hall, further southeast.
B. Cushion (NLA), February 1993.

About 1984.
On grassland in tree throw hole south of hollow way near southwest of field, found by [1].
1 rim Thetford-type jar.
Identified by T. Gregory (NAU) but not previously recorded.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 26 January 1996.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Document: H. Paterson (A&E), MPP. Management Statement.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.

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