Record Details

NHER Number:2387
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Bronze Age rapier/dirk from site of Popenhoe Manor House


A Bronze Age dirk or rapier was found during the digging of a cistern at Popenhoe Manor House in 1851. This house was demolished in 1930.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 503 088
Map Sheet:TF50NW

Full description

Approximately 3.1m (10ft) deep when digging for a cistern (350mm long).
Dirk or rapier from Popenhoe Manor House.
?Popenhoe House near Chequers Corner.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1 December 1851.
Ribbed rapier, square butt, two rivet holes, possibly from the site of Popenhoe Manor.
Held by Wisbech Museum, 1978.
A. Lawson (NAU).

House demolished in 1930.
E. Rose (NAU).

2001. Watching Brief.
Linear features, articulated dog burial and post-medieval pottery were recorded.
Report awaited. The results of this work are summarised in (S2).
D. Holburn (HES), 4 November 2011. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 26 January 2016.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • DIRK (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RAPIER (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 50 NW 4 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Walsoken.
<S1>Article in Monograph: Trump, B. A. V. 1968. Fenland rapiers. Studies in Ancient Europe: Essays Presented to Stuart Piggott. Coles, J. M. and Simpson D. D. A. pp 213-225.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 2002. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk, 2001. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt I pp 162-177. p 177.

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