Record Details

NHER Number:39471
Type of record:Monument
Name:Saxon and medieval finds and features, Slype, Norwich Cathedral


An evaluation in 2003 revealed three phases of activity. The first dated to the Late Saxon period, and comprised two pits, perhaps indicating occupation nearby at this date. The second phase revealed the masonry remains of a medieval structure. The third phase of activity involved the dumping of large quantities of flint and mortar rubble, and is probably the result of reordering of this area conducted by Anthony Salvin in the 1830s.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 23507 08884
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

July 2003. Trial Trenching.
Evaluation of site of proposed disable access ramp into the Cathedral Cloister. From Context 1.
Three distinct archaeological phases were recorded during this evaluation. The earliest phase encountered comprised two pits which appear to date from the Late Saxon period. The second phase consisted of two flint and mortar walls which were interpreted as the remnants of a medieval structure. This structure is thought to pre-date the slype, as the location and orientation appears to conflict with what is known about the Chapter House and slype. The final phase consisted of rubble make-up which has been interpreted as 19th century landscaping of the area.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.399).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 7 March 2007. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 4 June 2015 and 20 July 2019.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PIT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STRUCTURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • OYSTER SHELL (Unknown date)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Late Saxon to 19th Century - 851 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Voisey, D. 2003. An Archaeological Evaluation at Norwich Cathedral Slype and Chapter House, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 853.
<S2>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2004. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 2003. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIV Pt III pp 573-588. p 583.

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