Record Details

NHER Number:7853
Type of record:Monument
Name:Early Saxon cremation cemetery near Drayton Lodge


During the mid 19th century an Early Saxon cremation cemetery was discovered on a hillside above the River Wensum. At least one whole cremation urn was found, along with many fragmentary pots and an iron dagger. The exact location of the site is uncertain.

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1848, 1849, or 1850. 'While trenching on brow of hill above the River Wensum near (possibly west of the river, added by R. R. Clarke (NCM)) Drayton Lodge'. 'Many destroyed in cultivation now under wood'.
Forty urns, one containing part of an iron dagger. Urn fragments included rudely made lid.
(S1) Three sherds and bones.
(S2) Half a pot found November 1848 with three others.
(S3) Only complete pot found August 1848, of coarse light fabric, by a labourer trenching a plantation in immediate vicinity of Drayton Lodge.
(S4) Urn found at Drayton Lodge; twenty urns. Dug up in trenching for plantation filled with burnt human bones. 95cm (38in) circumference, 24cm (9.5in) high.
See also (S5) (called Roman); (S6) (called Early Saxon by Fitch), (S7). See also (S8) and (S9).
Copy of (S10) by R. R. Clarke (NCM).
E. Rose (NAU).

About 1950/1960. A group of enthusiasts excavated at various points in the woods around Drayton Lodge belonging to the hospital board, but found nothing.
Information from E. B. Green (NCM), February 1982.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 February 1982.
Copy of drawing (S11) in file.

Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • CREMATION (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • CREMATION CEMETERY (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DAGGER (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. pp 333-334.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Drayton.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Publication: BM Add MSS 23,054. f224.
<S2>Publication: BM Add MSS 23,054. f225. 2.
<S3>Publication: BM Add MSS23,054. f226.
<S4>Serial: 1850. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. vol.V p.154. p 154.
<S5>Article in serial: Harrod, H. 1849. Letter to Dawson Turner, Esq., V.P. on The Ruined Lodge at Drayton. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol II pp 363-368. p 364.
<S6>Article in serial: 1852. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol III pp 415-427. p 416.
<S7>Article in serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. p 220.
<S8>Article in serial: Committee Of The Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society. 1853. Catalogue of The Antiquities in Norwich Castle Museum. p 20.
<S9>Publication: Bryant, T.H.. 1905. Taverham Hundred. p.36.
<S10>Archive: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S11>Illustration: Finds Illustration.

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