Record Details

NHER Number:13495
Type of record:Monument
Name:Deserted hamlet of Cotes


Eight concentrations of medieval and post medieval pottery have been identified as the deserted village of Cotes. The village grew up along the edge of Cotes Common after 1086 and survived in some form until the 17th century. Fieldwalking and metal detecting also recovered Iron Age, Roman, medieval and post medieval finds. These include an Iron Age coin, Roman and Early Saxon brooches and a medieval casket fitting.

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Map Sheet:TF80NE

Full description

Roman, medieval, post medieval sherds.
See details in file and (S1).

Early Saxon, Roman brooches.

Iron Age coin.
See list in file.
E. Rose (NAU) October 1990.

December 1994. Metal detecting.
Medieval casket fitting and buckle.
See details in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA) 30 November 2002.

This may be the site of Petygards which has been listed as a possible deserted village site. Documents show there was a medieval hamlet called Cotes in the southern part of Sporle and that Petygards was the name of a building in the hamlet. The hamlet surivived in some form until the 17th century. Cotes was associated with a large common. The documentary evidence and fieldwalking finds suggest that Cotes, not mentioned in the Domesday Book, grew up along the edge of the common.
See (S1).
M. Dennis (NLA) 14 March 2006.

Monument Types

  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • COIN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Illustration: Unknown. 1978. Location plan of pottery scatters recorded in 1977-78.. Film. 1:40000.
---Photograph: EUP 24-7.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Davison, A. 1982. Petygards and the Medieval Hamlet of Cotes. Trowse, Horning, Deserted Medieval Villages. East Anglian Arch. No 14. pp 102-107.

Related records

13270Related to: Medieval pottery sherds and coin (Find Spot)
4638Related to: Site of Petygards (Monument)
13271Related to: Site of Roman settlement and deserted medieval settlement of Cotes or Petygards (Monument)

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