Record Details

NHER Number:32062
Type of record:Monument
Name:Trackway and and field system of probable later prehistoric date south of Repps Road


A trackway of probable Iron Age or later prehistoric date is visible, together with associated field boundaries, as a cropmark on aerial photographs. Although no dating evidence has been recovered from the site itself, the general character of the trackway is comparable to similar Iron Age features identified elsewhere in Norfolk; compare, for example, the junction between three trackways at Roughton (NHER 38483) or the extensive later prehistoric trackways visible on the Isle of Lothingland. In addition, its relationship both with two probable Bronze Age round barrows (NHER 44895 and 44896), and its different orientation from a field system of possible Bronze Age date to its east (NHER 27331), also support this interpretation.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4466 1722
Map Sheet:TG41NW

Full description

12 July 1990. NAU air photography.
Cropmarks of trackway and field systems.
D. Edwards (NAU)

July 2006. Norfolk NMP.
The trackway and ‘field systems’ described above are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1)-(S2), centred at TG 4466 1722. The trackway is visible as two parallel ditches between TG 4475 1739 and TG 4490 1695; the southern end is visible only as a single, wide cropmark, while a short segment of ditch at TG 4476 1749 may be a northern continuation. It is similar to tracks of probable Iron Age or later prehistoric date identified elsewhere in Norfolk (e.g. NHER 34843 at Roughton), and this seems the most likely date for the cropmarks described here. The track appears to both be sited on and to respect two probable Bronze Age round barrows (NHER 44895 and 44896), most notably at TG 4456 1704 where its southeast side ‘kinks’ around ring ditch NHER 44896. It could, in fact, have formed part of a long distance track (and boundary?), which ran along the line of an interfluve between the high ground to the south of Martham, southwest towards the high ground once marked by another probable barrow (NHER 18394) and now marked by the junction of three parish boundaries (Rollesby, Ashby with Oby and Fleggburgh). The trackway described here forms the northeastern end of this postulated alignment, with NHER 44897 and 44898 continuing it to the southwest. The other cropmarks, most of which are aligned parallel or at right angles to the trackway, are probably contemporary field boundaries which once divided up the land to either side of it. Their orientation certainly differs from that of both a possibly Bronze Age field system (NHER 27331) to the east, and the late post medieval pattern of land division depicted on historic maps (e.g. S3) and also visible as cropmarks (NHER 44894), indicating that they represent a distinct phase of activity. (An exception is a double ditch or trackway, visible between TG 4478 1729 and TG 4464 1739, which could be a continuation of the possibly Bronze Age trackway to the east, part of NHER 27331).
S. Tremlett (NMP), 27 July 2006.

Monument Types

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Middle Bronze Age to Roman - 1600 BC to 409 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Middle Bronze Age to Roman - 1600 BC to 409 AD)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 1025-6 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 4416A-B).
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1990. NHER TG 4417A-B (NLA 271/GDC4-5) 12-JUL-1990.
<S3>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1885-1891. Ordnance Survey Map. Six inches to the mile. First Edition. 1:10,560.

Related records

44897Related to: Post medieval trackway with possibly late prehistoric origins north of Heath Road (Monument)
44898Related to: Site of part of a possibly later prehistoric trackway northwest of Lodge Farm (Monument)

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