Record Details

NHER Number:48
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval undercroft, Bishops Palace, The Close


A 15th to 16th century vaulted brick undercroft was found built up against the foundation wall of the Norman Bishop's Palace in 1961. Medieval and post medieval pottery was also recovered.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2345 0893
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

2 June 1961. Field Observation.
In removing shrubbery from west wall of Bishops Palace, brick roofed vaults uncovered 3.3m (11feet) long east-to-west, 1.5m (5 feet) wide north-to-south. They abut onto what appears to be the foundation wall of the Norman Palace. About 1104 to 1108.
Type of brick suggests 15th to early 16th century date.
Medieval and later sherds and clay pipes.
Compiled by R.R. Clarke (NCM).
Information from (S1).
The pottery recovered during this work is amongst the material considered in (S2).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 19 August 2019.

Monument Types

  • BISHOPS PALACE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • UNDERCROFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S2>Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13.

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