Record Details

NHER Number:40626
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval town boundary ditch at Dicken Cottage, Marsh Lane


Excavations revealed the southern boundary ditch of the medieval planned town.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 08756 90300
Map Sheet:TM09SE

Full description

Previously NHER 9200 context 27.

July 1985. Stray Find.
Found on site of housing development, in soil spilling through garden fence:
1 medieval pottery sherd (medieval unglazed).
A. Rogerson (NLA), July 1985.

Plot opposite on south side of Marsh Lane at TM 0873 9025 revealed no archaeological finds or features, indicating that this plot, adjacent to the south boundary ditch of the town, was never built over.

October 1996. Trial Trenching.
Excavations revealed the southern defensive ditch to the town (NHER 41233). The finds indicate that there was some accumulation of refuse within the Town Ditch, albeit in small quantities. Pottery from the later fills indicates that the backfilling of the ditch probably occurred in the 15th or 16th century.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S2) and (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 20th July 2004.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Donald, N. 1997. An Evaluation at Marsh Lane, New Buckenham. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 211.
<S2>Article in Serial: Nenk, B. S., Haith, C. and Bradley, J. 1997. Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1996. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XLI pp 241-328. p 278.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1997. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1996. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 547-564. p 555.

Related records

41233Part of: Medieval town boundary ditch (Monument)
9200Part of: New Buckenham, a medieval planned town (Monument)
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