Record Details

NHER Number:53707
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ditch and pit features associated with nearby saltworking site


In 2006 a geophysical survey detected a number of ditch and pit anomalies that are probably related to the postulated nearby medieval saltern (NHER 19694). In 2008 trial trenching in this area revealed two gullies but no archaeologicals finds. To the north medieval and post-medieval pottery as well as evidence for a timber structure was recovered (NHER 53706).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 4873 1636
Map Sheet:TF41NE

Full description

September 2006. Geophysical Survey.
Magetometry survey undertaken prior to proposed expansion of electricity substation (Area 3).
This area was found to contain ditch and pit features probably associated with the nearby postulated medieval saltern.
See report (S1) for further details.
S. Howard (NLA), 4 December 2009.

January 2008. Trial Trenching.
Evaluation of site of proposed substation extension (Area 3; Trenches 7-8).
The evaluation in this area revealed two gullies of unknown date and no archaeological artefacts. To the north of this area evidence for a medieval timber structure associated with saltworking was recovered (NHER 53706).
See report (S2) for further details.
S. Howard (NLA), 7 December 2009.

April-August 2009. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of excavation of new drainage dyke at southern end of field (Ditch B).
Revealed no features associated with saltworking, although dumps of burnt silt and charcoal were recorded, along with a post medieval drainage ditch.
See report (S3) for further details.
E. Bales (HES), 10 September 2012.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD?)
  • PIT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD?)
  • SALTERN? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Stephens, C. 2006. Geophysical Survey Report. Walpole Electricity Substation, Walpole Street Peter, Norfolk. GSB Prospection. 2006/71.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Cooper, O. 2008. Archaeological Evaluation Report. Walpole Electricity Substation, Walpole St Peter, Norfolk. Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd. 08/43.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Clarke, R. 2009. Medieval and Later Saltworking and Channel Management at Walpole St Peter, Norfolk. Post-Excavation Assessment. Oxford Archaeology East. 1116.

Related records

19694Related to: Possible medieval saltern mound (Monument)
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