Record Details

NHER Number:27353
Type of record:Monument
Name:Cropmarks of Bronze Age ring ditch and medieval to post medieval mill mound


Two overlapping ring ditches, probably the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow reused as the mound for a medieval to post-medieval post-mill, are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The northern ring ditch, which marks the site of the probable barrow (part of cemetery NHER 27350), may have two concentric ditch circuits, but the 'braided' appearance of the cropmarks suggests that the ditch as been recut several times and may not have been double originally. The cross-shaped cropmark typical of a post mill is visible within the southern ring ditch. This is close enough to the original barrow to suggest reuse of the mound.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4933 1605
Map Sheet:TG41NE

Full description

May 2005. Norfolk NMP.
Two overlapping ring ditches are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S1-4), centred at TG 4934 1605. The northern ring ditch, which may have a concentric inner ditch, probably marks the site of a Bronze Age round barrow. This, together with other nearby ring ditches (NHER 27351-2), forms part of a small nucleated barrow cemetery (NHER 27350). The second ring ditch, which is displaced 7m to the south of the first, surrounds the cross-shaped cropmark of a post mill, which presumably made use of the pre-existing barrow as a windmill mound.

Both ring ditches are roughly circular in plan and measure up to 22m in diameter.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 26 May 2005.

February 2007. Norfolk NMP.
This approximate area is named ‘Gallow’ (possible a barrow name) in a 15th-century Field Book (S5).
S. Tremlett (NMP), 21 February 2007.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POST MILL (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • RING DITCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDMILL (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDMILL MOUND (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 1032-3 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 4916A, TG 4917C).
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1977. NHER TG 4916C-F (NLA AKW4-7) 01-AUG-1977.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS. 1988. BKS 0963-4 07-SEP-1988 (NCC 4785-6).
<S4>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Jeavons, A.. 1996. NHER TG 4916L (KRD6) 30-JUN-1996.
<S5>Article in Serial: Cornford, B.. 1984. Hemsby in the later Middle Ages. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 2 No 32 pp 22-27. pp 22-24.

Related records

27350Part of: Probable Bronze Age barrow cemetery (Monument)

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