Record Details

NHER Number:5008
Type of record:Monument
Name:Undated human bones


During the late 18th century and early 19th century a large quantity of human bones was discovered on this site. The context in which they were buried is not clear. They may have been buried in a mound, a possible Bronze Age barrow. Another possibility is that they were associated with a ruined stone building that was recorded in 1800. The building could have been a medieval chapel which was recorded in the parish by Blomefield.

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Grid Reference:TG 1994 0513
Map Sheet:TG10NE

Full description

'In 1795, a great quantity of human bones were discovered about a furlong east of the Hall, supposed to be the remains of persons interred during a visitation of the plague.'
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU).

However (S2) says bones found in 1800 when a mound of earth removed; they were not skeletons but a confused heap of bones. Nearby were the remains of a building supposed to be a religious house, comprising a ruined stone wall 0.9 to 1.2m (3-4ft) high and enclosing an area 6m (20ft) square. This was a furlong southwest of Keswick road as well as a furlong east of the hall.
Accordingly marked as barrow on map in (S3). Or is it? See discussion under NHER 9359.
E. Rose (NAU).

(S4) mentions a free chapel of St Ethelred, commonly known as St Albert, somewhere in the parish - is this the 'religious house' mentioned?
It was rebuilt in 1531 and was thatched (S5).
E. Rose (NAU).

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • BARROW? (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Publication: 1845. Guide to the Norfolk Railway. p.28.
<S2>Serial: Woodward. Woodward Correspondance.. pp 90-2.
<S3>Serial: Woodward. Correspondence. Vol II, p 90.
<S4>Serial: 1819. Excursions through Norfolk.
<S5>Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1806. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Vol V. p 39.

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