Record Details

NHER Number:36118
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval retting or tanning pit


The site of a medieval retting pond or tanning pit was discovered during an excavation by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit in 2001. Other medieval and post medieval pits and ditches were also found, as well as medieval coins and medieval and post medieval pottery.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1170 3009
Map Sheet:TG13SW

Full description

April 2001. NAU evaluation. Trial trenching on road scheme.
Revealed post medieval ditches and pits, dating between the 16th and 18th centuries.
See (S1).
D. Gurney (NLA), 13 June 2001.

Early May 2001. Metal detecting. In surface of backfill of NAU trench 1.
2 medieval coins.
Late post medieval and modern copper alloy objects including four buckle frames and two thimbles, one stumpy lead pencil.
Two undated lumps of copper alloy casting waste.
Identified by S. Ashley (NLA).
A. Rogerson (NLA), 15 June 2001.

August to September 2001. Part excavation and watching brief. From context 50.
Linear features and pits probably associated with medieval tanning, or retting of flax or hemp for linen production.
See (S2) in file.
See also (S3) and (S4).
D. Gurney (NLA), 26 March 2002.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PATH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RETTING POND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TANNING PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • AWL (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: JZP.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Unpublished document: Trimble, G. L.. 2001. NAU Report No. 609. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation at the B1149 Corpusty/Saxthorpe Link Road..
<S2>Unpublished document: Bates, S.. 2002. NAU Report No. 673. Excavation and watching brief on the line of the Corpusty to Saxthorpe Link Road, 2001..
<S3>Article in serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 165.
<S4>Article in serial: Bates, S. 2003. Fieldwork on the Line of the Corpusty/Saxthorpe Link Road, 2001. A Possible Tanning or Retting Complex. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt II pp 251-268.

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