Record Details

NHER Number:50781
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of trackway and other features, possibly a hollow way associated with deserted settlement of Stanninghall

Summary

A trackway, possibly a hollow way of medieval to post medieval date, is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs and may in part still survive today. It is depicted on a late 19th century Ordnance Survey map, and could be a track of relatively recent origin and low archaeological significance. The relatively substantial nature of the earthworks, however, suggests a long history of use, and their proximity to Stanninghall church (NHER 44213) and deserted medieval village (NHER 8059) suggests a potentially medieval origin.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2551 1723
Map Sheet:TG21NE
Parish:HORSTEAD WITH STANNINGHALL, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

January 2008. Norfolk NMP.
A trackway is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs (S1)-(S2), between TG 2551 1730 and TG 2552 1717. It is also depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map (S3). It could therefore be a track of relatively recent origin and low archaeological significance, which would normally not be mapped by the NMP. The substantial nature of the earthworks, however, and their proximity to Stanninghall church (NHER 44213) and deserted medieval village (NHER 8059), which lie little more than 100m to the north, suggests a potential medieval origin, possibly as a hollow way.
The trackway is visible for some 135m as the earthworks of a ditch. (It is obscured by a tree at TG 2552 1719.) Short sections of flanking banks are visible towards its southern end. At a point just north of midway along its length (at TG 2551 1724), the earthworks of a crossing track, boundary or pit are visible, orientated at an angle perpendicular to the main trackway. The photographs of the site taken in 1990 (S2) indicate that the northern half of the site has been levelled, but on the southern part earthworks could still remain.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 9 January 2008.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Unknown date)
  • BOUNDARY BANK? (Unknown date)
  • BOUNDARY DITCH? (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • HOLLOW WAY? (Unknown date)
  • PIT? (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • BOUNDARY BANK? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • BOUNDARY DITCH? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • DITCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • HOLLOW WAY? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PIT? (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • TRACKWAY (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • TRACKWAY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1636 4198-9 09-JUL-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1990. OS/90224 192-3 31-JUL-1990 (NMR).
<S3>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1889 - 1891. Ordnance Survey first edition 6 inch map.. 1:10,560.

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