Record Details

NHER Number:41369
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthwork saltern mounds

Summary

Earthworks of saltern mounds of probable Late Saxon to medieval date are visible on aerial photographs. A curvilinear group of earthwork mounds are present to the north of and roughly parallel to a drainage ditch. These mounds mirror the course of the drainage ditch suggesting that the ditch is probably of a similar or earlier date. Other possible saltern mounds are located 100m to the north (NHER 42212 and NHER 42213).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 45627 05362
Map Sheet:TG40NE
Parish:FREETHORPE, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Very large conical mound, grassed over, with other mounds tailing away from it to east and west, beside winding dyke that forms parish boundary. Seen from footpath (Weavers way) to north. Appears on RAF air photograph TG4505/A-B of 1945 and so is not due to recent dredging. Could well be a saltern like those elsewhere on marshes, but remarkable that it has never been noted before.
E. Rose (NLA), 21 April 2005.

December 2005. Norfolk NMP.
Earthworks of saltern mounds of probable Late Saxon to medieval date are visible on aerial photographs (S1), (S2) and (S3). The central grid reference for this group of mounds has been amended from TG 4563 0535 to TG 4564 0536 to reflect the larger area of earthworks visible on the aerial photographs. A curvilinear group of earthwork mounds are present to the north of and roughly parallel to a drainage ditch. The highest part of the group comprises a rounded mound centred on TG 4559 0536. The fact that these mounds appear to mirror the course of the drainage ditch to their south suggests that the ditch is probably of a similar or earlier date. Other possible saltern mounds are located 100m to the north (NHER 42212 and NHER 42213).
J. Albone (NMP), 07 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • SALTERN (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1971. OS/71044 288-9 11-APR-1971.
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/930 3012-3 16-OCT-1945 (NHER TG 4505A-B).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1953. RAF 82/724 6-7 16-FEB-1953 (NHER TG 4505A-B).

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