Record Details

NHER Number:42215
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Late Saxon to medieval saltern mound and a post medieval barn


A possible saltern mound and a post medieval barn are visible on aerial photographs. The mound may be a Late Saxon or medieval feature and the barn is sited on top of it. As several saltern mounds in the marshland appear to have had medieval and post medieval farmsteads built on them, it is possible that the barn stood on the site of a medieval and/or post medieval farm. Google Earth imagery suggests the barn is no longer extant.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 46308 05688
Map Sheet:TG40NE

Full description

December 2005. Norfolk NMP.
An earthwork mound, possibly a Late Saxon to medieval saltern mound, is visible on aerial photographs (S1 to S3). This mound is located at TG 4630 0569. It has a roughly trapezoidal plan measuring up to 43m by 39m and is bounded by an extant drainage ditch on its western side. It is probable that this is a saltern mound of Late Saxon to medieval date. Other saltern mounds are located 330m to its north and 145m to its south. A barn, which is marked on the first edition 6 inch Ordnance Survey map (S4), is still present on the mound. It is possible that this is the remains of an earlier farmstead. Other farms in the marshland, such as Six Mile House (NHER 21103) and the former Lockgate Farm (NHER 42174) are sited on possible saltern mounds. Pottery of Late Saxon to post medieval date has been recovered from those locations, suggesting early use of the saltern mounds for siting farmsteads. Although no pottery has been found in this vicinity of this mound, it is possible that it was also occupied by a medieval to early post medieval farmstead.
J. Albone (NMP), 8 December 2005.

September 2011.
Google Earth imagery suggests the barn was demolished between 1999 and 2003.
K. Powell (HES). 19 September 2011.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • SALTERN (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FARMSTEAD? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • BARN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1606 3016-7 27-JUN-1946 (NHER TG 4606A-B).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1953. RAF 82/724 4-5 16-FEB-1953 (NHER TG 4605B-C).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1970. OS/70351 241-2 20-SEP-1970.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1885-7. Ordnance Survey first edition 6" (1885-7) Sheet LXXVIII.NW.

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