Record Details

NHER Number:41266
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval and post medieval finds and features, Abbey Farm barn

Summary

A watching brief and evaluation during works in this 17th century barn in 2005 revealed its original rammed chalk floor surface, underneath which two medieval ditches, one containing medieval tile fragments, were found. These features probably reflect activity within the precinct of the medieval abbey (NHER 6278). For the barn itself, see NHER 47631.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 11154 43130
Map Sheet:TG14SW
Parish:WEYBOURNE, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

March 2005. NAU evaluation. Contexts 1 to 15 used.
Evaluation prior to conversion of 'Barn No. 1'.
Revealed the original 17th century rammed chalk floor surface of the barn and beneath this an earlier feature, possibly an east-to-west ditch or gully or maybe a pit, and another undiagnostic large feature. It is not known whether the features relate to the priory building as no dating evidence was encountered.
See report (S1) for further details.
J. Allen (NLA), 7 March 2007.

May 2005. Watching Brief.
Maintained during removal of the existing floor surface within the 17th-century 'Barn No. 1'. Contexts 20 to 26.
The floor surface consisted of a clay and chalk deposit between 0.20m and 0.60m thick. Below the floor surface two archaeological features were exposed, one of which produced fragments of probable medieval tile.
These ditches are likely to be medieval in date and probably reflect activity within the precinct of the Priory of the Blessed Virgin and All Saints. The east-to-west ditch may have acted as part of a boundary demarcation for the Priory precinct.
See report (S2) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S3).
J. Allen (NLA), 7 March 2007.

June 2006. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of groundworks in the immediate vicinity of 'Barn No. 1'. Contexts 31 to 50.
Two linear features were found which were undated, but which may be associated with a medieval feature of similar character recorded in earlier works.
See report (S4) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S5).
J. Allen (NLA), 7 March 2007.

An archive associated with the work undertaken at this site between 2005 and 2006 has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2017.104).
P. Watkins (HES), 18 May 2019.


September 2007-May 2008. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of further groundworks associated with the conversion of 'Barn No. 1'.
Two drainage ditches were excavated adjacent to the barn and produced no archaeological finds or features. A soakway was excavated approximately 9m to the east of the barn. In the east-facing section of the soakway was a ditch-like feature, with a similar feature being observed on the opposite west-facing section. Fragments of modern or late post-medieval tile and brick were recorded in the fill. At the northern end of the soakway was a rectangular flint wall, which is likely to be a part of the north-western end of the original monastic building.
No finds or features were recorded during the removal of four concrete silo pads. The area of the garage plot revealed a small shallow pit, possibly an old fire pit. Burnt animal bone and shell were recovered from the fill, suggesting that the pit may have been used for cooking.
See report (S6) for further details.
H. White (NLA) 12 December 2008

January 2008.
Scheduled Monument consent granted regarding the proposed garden landscaping and the installation of garage foundations.
See (S7) for further details
H. White (NLA) 22 January 2009

Monument Types

  • DITCH? (Unknown to 16th Century)
  • FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • GULLY? (Unknown to 16th Century)
  • BOUNDARY DITCH? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • STAKE HOLE? (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • FLOOR (16th Century to 17th Century - 1600 AD to 1699 AD)
  • BARN (17th Century to 21st Century - 1671 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FLOOR TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PANTILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide. 1-7.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hobbs, B. 2005. An Archaeological Evaluation at Abbey Farm, Weybourne, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 1060.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Ames, J. 2006. An Archaeological Watching Brief at Abbey Farmhouse, Weybourne, Norfolk. NAU Archaeology. 1152.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. 2006. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2005. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt I pp 124-136. p 135.
<S4>Unpublished Contractor Report: Boyle, M. and Ratcliff, M. 2006. An Archaeological Watching Brief at Abbey Farm, Weybourne, 2006. NAU Archaeology. 1196.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 2007. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk in 2006. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLV Pt II pp 261-273. p 272.
<S6>Unpublished Contractor Report: Hobbs, B. 2008. An Archaeological Watching Brief at Abbey Farm, Weybourne, Norfolk. NAU Archaeology. 1694.
<S7>Designation: DCMS. [?]-2016. Scheduled Monument Consent. SAM Consent. DNF174.

Related records

6278Part of: All Saints' Church and ruins of Weybourne Priory of the Blessed Virgin and All Saints (Monument)
47631Part of: Barn at Abbey Farm north of Abbey Farmhouse (Building)

Find out more...

Norfolk County Council logo Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Powered by HBSMR-web and the HBSMR Gateway from exeGesIS SDM Ltd, and mojoPortal CMS
© 2007 - 2021 Norfolk Historic Environment Service