Record Details

NHER Number:41233
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval town boundary ditch

Summary

The town ditch, with probable sites of gateways, formed the original boundary of the planned town of New Buckenham which was laid out in the 12th century. In the 16th century the south ditch was infilled as the town expanded. Parts remain as open water because they were used in the 16th century as tanning pits.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 09005 90405
Map Sheet:TM09SE
Parish:NEW BUCKENHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
OLD BUCKENHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Town ditch, with probable sites of gateways, forming the original boundary of the town of New Buckenham laid out in 12th century. Some areas were later taken back into Old Buckenham and in the 16th century the south ditch was infilled as the town expanded. Parts remain as open water through 16th century use as tanning pits.
See full description in file, plans etc
E. Rose (NLA), 8 March 2005.

October 1996. Evaluation to rear at Dicken Cottage.
Part of the southern side of the town ditch was found during an evaluation. The ditch was found to measure at least 6m wide at this location.
See NHER 40626 and (S1) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 October 2008.

April-May 2008. Evaluation.
At the western end of Marsh Lane the town ditch was found to measure approximately 10.7m wide, and ran in a NNW-SSE direction.
See NHER 51520 and (S2) for further details.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 October 2008.

See NHER 9200 for the planned town, and NHER 40623 and NHER 40625 for excavations of the infilled ditch on south side of town.

March 2011.
Section 17 Management Agreement (two years) for a surviving section of the town ditch renewed.
See (S3).
D. Robertson (NLA), 11 March 2011.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOWN DEFENCES (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOWN DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TANNING PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • SHINE
  • SHINE
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished document: Donald, N.. 1997. NAU Report No. 211. An Evaluation at Marsh Lane, New Buckenham..
<S2>Unpublished document: Boyle, M.. 2008. NAU Archaeology Report No. 1833. An Archaeological Evaluation at The Old Village Hall, Marsh Lane, New Buckenham, Norfolk..
<S3>Unpublished document: Norfolk County Council. 2010-2011. Norfolk Monuments Management Project Section 17 agreement.

Related records

39661Parent of: 12th century town boundary ditch on the site of the Former Snooker Hall, Church Farm Lane (Monument)
40626Parent of: Medieval town boundary ditch at Dicken Cottage, Marsh Lane (Monument)
51520Parent of: Part of medieval town ditch and post-medieval cultivation features (Monument)
40625Parent of: Possible medieval town boundary ditch near Tanning Lane (Monument)
40623Parent of: Possible town boundary ditch on southeast corner of Marsh Lane (Find Spot)
40577Related to: New Buckenham Castle (Monument)
9200Related to: New Buckenham, a medieval planned town (Monument)

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