Record Details

NHER Number:34341
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval and post medieval pits at the Anglican shrine

Summary

An archaeological desktop survey, evaluation and watching brief were carried out during development at the 20th century Shrine of our Lady. The excavation revealed part of a large medieval rubbish or cess pit, several post medieval pits and a succession of post medieval soils.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9351 3696
Map Sheet:TF93NW
Parish:WALSINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

December 1998. Desk-based Assessment.
Proposed development at the 20th century Shrine of our Lady is likely to have a significant impact on archaeological remains in the development area. Most of the development site lay within a formerly open area lying behind the street frontage. The southeast part of the site lies close to the site of a possible medieval almonry.
See report (S1) for further details.
M. Dennis (NLA), 19 January 2006.

1999. Trial Trenching.
Evaluation excavation at Anglican Shrine.
The excavation revealed part of a large medieval rubbish or cess pit and a succession of post-medieval soils. The lowest of these deposits contained medieval and Roman pottery.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 5 May 1999. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 16 April 2015.

Later 1999. Watching Brief.
Observation of groundworks for new facilities.
Revealed the existence of several post-medieval pits and a massive build up of post medieval soils. No clearly medieval features were recorded.
See report (S4) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
E. Rose (NLA), 20 December 1999.

See (S5) for a history of the shrine.
S. Howard (HES), 8 March 2011.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 1999. The Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. An Archaeological Impact Assessment. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 369.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 1999. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation at The Shrine of our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 410.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2000. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1999. Norfolk Archaeology. XLIII Pt III pp 521-543. p 529.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 1999. Report on an Archaeological Watching Brief at The Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 456.
<S5>Monograph: Stephenson, C. & Carefull, A.. 1990. England's Nazareth: A history of the holy shrine of our lady of Walsingham..

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