Record Details

NHER Number:41937
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval bank, Redcastle Furze Primary School

Summary

A community excavation in 2005 was carried out on the Town Bank, which lies on the line of the known Late Saxon defences (NHER 5886). Post medieval finds were recovered from the base of the bank, revealing that the upstanding bank in the stretch within the school grounds is of much later date than supposed. However, Late Saxon pottery was also recovered, testifying to Late Saxon activity nearby. Natural deposits were not reached during the excavation and it remains likely that the Late Saxon ditch lies either immediately below or in front of the Town Bank.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 86289 82715
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

August 2005. Excavation.
Community excavation organised by Ancient House Museum and NAU Archaeology. Contexts 1-6.
Excavation of a single trench across the Town Bank which lies on the line of the known Late Saxon defences (see NHER 5886) revealed that the upstanding bank in the stretch within the school grounds may be of much later date than supposed. Post medieval finds were recovered from the base of the bank, on the surface of make-up deposits. However, there was also Late Saxon pottery, testifying to Late Saxon activity nearby. Natural deposits were not reached during the excavation and it remains likely that the Late Saxon ditch lies either immediately below or in front of the Town Bank.
See report (S1) for further details. The results of this work are summarised in (S2). See also newspaper article (S3).
J. Allen (NLA) 28 June 2006. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 16 July 2015.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY? (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • CORE (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FLAKE (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • RETOUCHED FLAKE (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BOTTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BRICK (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PANTILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PESTLE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BUCKLE (17th Century - 1620 AD to 1680 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2006. An Archaeological Excavation on the Town Bank at Redcastle Furze Primary School, Thetford. NAU Archaeology. 1114.
<S2>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 134.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2005. Locals join in dig at school ridge. 24 August.

Related records

5886Part of: Late Saxon town ditch and post medieval bank (Monument)

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