Record Details

NHER Number:26794
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval earthwork bank

Summary

A stretch of post medieval earthwork bank can be seen on aerial photographs and Faden's 1797 map of this area. It is likely that this bank is some form of sea defence connected with land reclamation - a process started in the post medieval period at this site.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7660 4467
Map Sheet:TF74SE
Parish:BRANCASTER, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

January 2001. NMP.
A stretch of earthwork bank about 1km long running north to south, is visible between 7647 4425 - TF 7674 4509 on 1945 aerial photographs (S1). It is of similar character to NHER 26783, which adjoins it and NHER 26777. The location suggests that it is some kind of sea defence. It can also be seen on 1972 aerial photographs (S2). A feature on the same alignment as this bank is depicted on Faden's 1797 map of this area (S3), enclosing an area of land marked 'drained'. It is therefore very likely that this bank is some form of sea defences connected with land reclamation - a process started in the post medieval period at this site. The bank is also depicted as an earthwork on the 1905 OS map (S4).
A. Hunt (NMP), 31 January 2001.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2050 AD)
  • SEA DEFENCES (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK 369 Frms 4185-4186 8-JUN-1945 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72033 099-100 22-MAR-1972 (NMR).
<S3>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1905. OS 2nd Edition 25" 1905 Sheet 1.16.

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