Record Details

NHER Number:26669
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possibly post medieval sea defences

Summary

This feature is marked on the 1822 plan of the Burnham Salt Marshes as a 'chalk pier'.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8486 4589
Map Sheet:TF84NW
Parish:BURNHAM NORTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK
BURNHAM OVERY, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2001. Norfolk NMP.
A breakwater more than 100m long is depicted on a 1905 map (S1), starting at Tf 8482 4572 and running north northeast. A fragmented dark structure is visible on this alignment on 1974 aerial photography (S2) and it would appear that this is what remains of the breakwater. This was part of the sea defences in this area and it would have worked with the smalller breakwaters further down Overy Creek (NHER 26674). This feature is definitely modern and probably existed in about 1900, but whether or not it could also be classed as post medieval is not clear.
A. Hunt (Suffolk CC NMP), 2 February 2001.

May 2002. Norfolk NMP.
This feature is marked on the 1822 plan of the Burnham Salt Marshes as a 'chalk pier' (S3).
S. Massey (NMP), 8 May 2002.

Monument Types

  • BREAKWATER (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • PIER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1906. OS 2nd Edition 25" 1906 Sheet II.12.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1974. OS/74174 361-362 19-JUL-1974.
<S3>Map: Blackett, T.O.. 1822. Plan of Burnham Marshes.

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