Record Details

NHER Number:33817
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of deserted medieval village of Holme


This is the site of the deserted medieval village of Holme. Earthworks and soilmarks of enclosures and tofts can be seen on an aerial photograph. Pieces of medieval to post medieval brick and roof tile and medieval tile and pottery were found.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 909 069
Map Sheet:TF90NW

Full description

January 1946. RAF air photograph.
Shows a series of enclosures, half in grassland as earthworks, the eastern half as soilmarks. Several are incomplete, but the layout, mostly to the north of Wood Lane seems a very plausible deserted medieval settlement site of very limited extent.

September 1998.
This information justifies fieldwalking on the site.
B. Cushion (NLA), 10 September 1998.

October 1998. Visited with [1].
Western half is part plantation, part grassland (re-seeded). Limited walking to north of plantation was unproductive as still under stubble. Area to east, including church site field walked for around two hours. Some undulations suggesting linear depressions, including boundary of churchyard are noted as very shallow broad features; roughly corresponding to soil marks on aerial photograph.

Pottery finds to north and south and southeast of church site, those to southeast roughly corresponding to a sub-rectangular enclosure (toft) on aerial photograph. Poor fieldwalking conditions. Isolated medieval brick and tile fragments, with occassional post medieval pottery and brick and tile, particularly adjacent to farm building site in northwest of this part of field.
One brick or thick floor tile late medieval/early post medieval.
One roof tile.
Glazed Grimston: seven body sherds, one jug rim, one handle
Medieval unglazed: one base, thirteen body sherds.
Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA).
This work is noted in (S1).
B. Cushion (NLA), October 1998.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 90/TF 9106/A.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 90 NW 10.
<S1>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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8713Part of: Site of St Andrew's Church, Holme (Monument)

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