Record Details

NHER Number:39021
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of possible post medieval enclosure


A possible enclosure, which perhaps dates to the post medieval period, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. It lies less than 100m to the east of Lime Kiln Farm and seems most likely to be an agricultural enclosure associated with this farm, which is depicted on Faden's map of Norfolk (1797). Alternatively it might be related to the eponymous limekiln (NHER 15847), or to the extraction of chalk for this industry. At the same time, in the absence of any dating evidence, the possibility that it instead forms part of the possibly Iron Age to Roman field system immediately to its south (NHER 38961) cannot be discounted.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2722 3669
Map Sheet:TG23NE

Full description

December 2004. Norfolk NMP.
A possible enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2722 3669. It seems most likely to be associated with Limekiln Farm, depicted by Faden (S2), or with the production of lime at the site. A limekiln (NHER 15847) and a chalk pit are depicted on historic Ordnance Survey maps (S3) approximately 150m to the south-west. At the same time, the enclosure's form is rather irregular and parts of it are aligned with agricultural marks visible on the same aerial photographs. This may indicate that rather than representing an archaeological site, the cropmarks are the product of modern agricultural activity and the background geology of the area.

The enclosure is only partially visible but appears to be defined by a number of curvilinear segments of ditch arranged into an approximate square or rectangle. It is not clear whether any of the breaks in its ditch circuit represent entrances or are merely a result of the cropmark being masked. It measures approximately 52.5m by at least 48m.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 6 December 2004.

Monument Types

  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 2374-5 03-SEP-1988 (NCC 4568-9).
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902 to 1907. Ordnance Survey second edition 25 inch (1902 to 1907) Sheet XX. 6.

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