Record Details

NHER Number:27213
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval duck decoy

Summary

A post medieval duck decoy is recorded here by a survey published in 1878. The decoy may be one of the oldest in the country, dating back to the time of James I. The decoy had fallen into disuse by the beginning of the 19th century. Its presence is reflected by several placenames in the vicinity. It is not visible on aerial photographs.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4742 1643
Map Sheet:TG41NE
Parish:HEMSBY, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A post medieval duck decoy is recorded at this approximate location (centred around TG 4740 1632) in a survey of the Norfolk decoys published in 1878 (S1). It lay on the margins of the northern extremity of Ormesby Broad, in a carr 'just behind' the house of Decoy Farm. Apparently it had not been worked since the beginning of the 19th century but the remains of five pipes were still visible (S1) and (S2).

The Hemsby decoy may be one of the oldest in the country, its lease dating to the time of James I (S3). These early decoys often consisted of pipes or channels dug from existing bodies of water (S3), and this type of construction may explain why the Hemsby decoy is not visible on aerial photographs of the area, as any surviving pipes are likely to be indistinguishable from non archaeological drainage features. Its former presence, however, is reflected in several decoy placenames both in the immediate vicinity and on the western side of the Broad (S4).
S. Tremlett (NMP), 25 February 2005.

Monument Types

  • DECOY POND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished document: Thorogood, P.. 2000. Duck Decoys of Norfolk (UEA BA Dissertation ref HISH 3P2Y).
---Photograph: 2003. KTQ 9-11, Late Saxon disc brooch..
<S1>Article in serial: Southwell, T. 1879. Norfolk Decoys. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol II pp 538-555. p 545.
<S2>Monograph: Payne-Gallwey, Sir R.. 1886. The Book of Duck Decoys. Their Construction, Management and History.. p 138.
<S3>Article in serial: Baker, R. E. 1985. Norfolk Duck Decoys. Transactions of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society. Vol XXVII Pt 1 pp 1-18. pp 2-3, 4.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1889 - 1891. Ordnance Survey first edition 6 inch map.. 1:10,560.

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