Record Details

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

Summary

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

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1163 2998
Map Sheet:TG12NW
Parish:CORPUSTY, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

April 2001. Trial Trench.
Evaluation on route of B1149 Corpusty/Saxthorpe Link Road (Trenches 6-7).
Trench 6 (adjacent to Monks Lane) revealed post medieval ditches and pits, dating between the 16th and 18th centuries.
See report (S1) for further details.
D. Gurney (NLA), 13 June 2001. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 1 May 2015.

August-September 2001. Excavation and Watching Brief. From context 50.
Excavation of small area around evaluation Trench 6. Linear features and pits probably associated with medieval tanning, or retting of flax or hemp for linen production.
Several additional pits of probable similar date and function identified during monitoring of topsoil stripping between river and excavated area.
See published article (S2) and publication draft (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also noted in (S4).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.439).
D. Gurney (NLA), 26 March 2002. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 1 May 2015 and 27 May 2019.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (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)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Unknown date)
  • AWL (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • BLADE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 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 Contractor Report: Trimble, G. 2001. Report on an Archaeological Evaluation at the B1149 Corpusty/Saxthorpe Link Road. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 609.
<S2>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.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Bates, S. 2002. Excavation and Watching Brief on the line of the Corpusty to Saxthorpe link road, 2001. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 673.
<S4>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.

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