Record Details

NHER Number:30806
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval churchyard and human remains at Latimer House/Old Reading Room

Summary

Medieval human remains were discovered at this site in 1994. An evaluation carried out by NAU in 1994 revealed more human remains and a medieval flint wall, as well as medieval and post medieval finds. The site is probably the churchyard of the medieval church of All Saints, NHER 14479.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7988 2290
Map Sheet:TF72SE
Parish:GREAT MASSINGHAM, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

About 1940 and about 1960.
Human remains reported.

August 16 to 17 1994.
Human skeletons found below a yard surface dating to about 1880.
Possible contender for the site of All Saints' Church (NHER 14479).
See (S1).
E. Rose (NLA), 19 August 1994.

April 2002. NAU excavation and evaluation.
From context 1 to 52.
Six articulated juvenile skeletons along with a small quantity of adult bone were excavated south of St Mary's church. The burials were probably associated with All Saints, a vanished medieval church.
A late medieval wall was discovered, interpreted as possibly from a barn on the glebe land.
Post medieval reclamation of low lying wet ground was noted.
See (S2) and (S3).
See also (S4).
J. Allen (NLA), 21 August 2002.

Monument Types

  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1994. 16 August.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1994. 23 August.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Photograph: EAC 20-22.
<S1>Unpublished document: Rose, E.. 1994. Report on discovery of Human Remains, for King's Lynn Police. 19 August.
<S2>Unpublished document: Adams, D.. 2002. NAU Report No. 762. Report on an Archaeological Excavation and Evaluation at The Old Reading Room, Great Massingham, Norfolk..
<S3>Article in serial: Adams, D. et al. 2003. A Probable Medieval Burial Ground at Great Massingham, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 326-329.
<S4>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2003. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2002. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 368-384. p 372.

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