Record Details

NHER Number:44898
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of part of a possibly later prehistoric trackway northwest of Lodge Farm


A trackway of unknown date is visible as a cropmark and soilmark on aerial photographs. It may equate to a road or track depicted on Faden’s 1797 Map of Norfolk, which appears to have been an earlier course of Lawn’s Lane. While the cartographic evidence points to a post medieval date for the trackway, however, its origins may lie in a much earlier period. It is aligned with trackways of probably later prehistoric date to the northeast (NHER 44897 and 32062), all of which may have formed a single, long-distance track and/or boundary. As well as their similar character and alignment, all three sections of trackway appear to both be sited on and to respect several ring ditches of probable Bronze Age date; in the case of the trackway described here, the barrow is recorded as NHER 44897.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4374 1563
Map Sheet:TG41NW

Full description

August 2006. Norfolk NMP.
A trackway is visible as a cropmark and soilmark on aerial photographs (S1)-(S2), between TG 4386 1578 and TG 4360 1548. It may have been in use during the post medieval period; a northeast-to-southwest aligned road or track, seemingly a precursor to Lawn’s Lane, is depicted here on Faden’s 1797 Map of Norfolk (S3). Assuming that Faden’s mapping is correct, it had been removed before the publication of the 1838 Ordnance Survey 1 inch map (S4)-(S5). The alignment of the marks, however, with trackways of possibly later prehistoric date to northeast (NHER 44897 and 32062) suggests that it could have much earlier origins. All these lengths of trackway, which perhaps once joined to each other, pass close to one or more ring ditches; in the case of the track described here, a ring ditch (NHER 18394) is located 5m to the west of its southwest end. The trackways appear to both be sited on and to respect the ring ditches, all of which probably represent Bronze Age funerary monuments.

A number of other undated cropmarks have been mapped in the area surrounding the trackway and are recorded as NHER 44901. Some of these may be contemporary with one or more of the trackway’s phases of use. In addition, a rectilinear pattern of ditches visible 150m to the southwest (NHER 44902) has the same orientation as the trackway and may represent a contemporary field system.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 2 August 2006.

Monument Types

  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Middle Bronze Age to Roman - 1600 BC to 409 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • TRACKWAY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 3050-1 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 4415A, TG 4316C).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72018 065-6 15-MAR-1972.
<S3>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1838. Ordnance Survey first edition 1 inch map (1838). Sheet 46. (David & Charles reprint). 1inch: 1 mile.
<S5>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1838. Ordnance Survey first edition 1" map (1838). Sheet 47. (David & Charles reprint with additions). 1inch: 1 mile.

Related records

44897Related to: Post medieval trackway with possibly late prehistoric origins north of Heath Road (Monument)
44902Related to: Site of possible field system of later prehistoric date between B1152, Mill Road and Lawn's Lane (Monument)
32062Related to: Trackway and and field system of probable later prehistoric date south of Repps Road (Monument)
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