Record Details

NHER Number:32871
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval and/or post medieval earthworks

Summary

Medieval and post medieval earthworks survive to the north of Cheney's Lane and to the east of Low Road. They include a hollow way, ditched enclosures and probable clay pits. The hollow way roughly marks the northern boundary of 'Julion's Green', a green recorded in 1565. The hollow way may have been used at this time. It is probable that the ditched enclosures are later in date and that they were constructed following the post medieval enclosure of the green. Medieval pottery sherds have been collected from this area.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 1645 9409
Map Sheet:TM19SE
Parish:FORNCETT, SOUTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Earthworks north of Cheney's Lane and to the east of Low Road.

August 1997. Earthwork Survey.
Survey at 1:1000.
A hollow way skirts the north and northwest boundaries of the field, leading from a bend in the road to east. Some ditched subdivision of the area to south is noted, with considerable disturbance by probable clay pits. The field was part of Julion's Green on the reconstruction of the 1565 landscape in (S1).
Pottery: 2 medieval unglazed body sherds. Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA).
See report (S2) for further details and copy of plan (S3). The results of this survey and subsequent air photo analysis are also summarised in (S4) and (S5).
B. Cushion (NLA), August 1997. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 8 April 2015.

October 2004. Visit.
Thick grass cover.
H. Paterson (A&E), 16 December 2004.

It is probable that the ditched enclosures are later in date and that they were constructed following the post-medieval enclosure of the green.
Information from (S2).
D. Robertson (NLA), 14 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • CLAY PIT (Unknown date)
  • BOUNDARY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VILLAGE GREEN (16th Century - 1565 AD to 1565 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Davenport, F.. 1906. The Economic Development of a Norfolk Manor 1086-1565.
<S2>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1997. Forncett SMR 32871. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S3>Illustration: Cushion, B. 1997. Plan of earthworks at Forncett SMR 32871. Film. 1:1000.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1998. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1997. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt I pp 193-210. p 197.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1999. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 369-387. p 378.

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