Record Details

NHER Number:26468
Type of record:Monument
Name:Remains of post medieval vault, Erpingham Gate, Norwich


A test pit was dug in the garden area just outside the Cathedral precinct wall, south of Erpingham Gate, in advance of moving the Edith Cavell memorial to this location. The work revealed the possible spine wall of a post medieval brick vaulted cellar, part of a house that stood on the site until the 19th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2335 0885
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

16 April 1992. Watching Brief.
A test pit 3m by 2m by 1m long was dug in the garden area immediately outside the cathedral precinct wall to the south of Erpingham Gate. This was done in advance of moving the Edith Cavell memorial to this location.
It revealed a sequence of deposits (probably recent) comprising approximately 0.5m of dark topsoil over approximately 0.4m of yellowish brown sandy clay loam. This sealed a possible north-to-south spine wall of an east-to-west brick vault (post medieval bricks). The roof did not survive, and the overlying layer probably represents a demolition/ sealing deposit.
Plan and press cutting (S1) in file.
P. Andrews (NAU), 16 April 1992.

Old photograph reproduced in (S1) shows a jettied timber framed building on this site up to the late 19th century.
E. Rose (NLA) 11 January 1998.

The gateway bears traces of original pain according to reference (S2).

Monument Types

  • CELLAR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • UNDERCROFT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. [Photograph of Erpingham Gate]. 9 January.
<S2>Article in Monograph: Park, D. and Howard, H. 1996. The Medieval Polychromy. Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996. Atherton, I. et al (eds). pp 379-409. p 404.

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