Record Details

NHER Number:6214
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman buildings and multi-period finds


The site of a possible Roman signal station and kiln. Excavations and casual finds since the early 19th century have recovered traces of Roman buildings, Roman coins, pottery fragments and other finds, as well as Bronze Age flints and pottery fragments and an Iron Age coin. The site has been somewhat eroded by the sea, and is now owned by the National Trust. Numerous sherds of Romano-British pottery and a fragment of imbrex were recovered between 1970 and 2010.

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Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TG04SE

Full description

Not a barrow. [1]
1852-5. Excavation revealed Roman building traces and finds.
1932. Casual find of Roman sherds.
1941. Find of Roman coin.
1972. Finds of Roman coins.
1976. In cliff fall, Roman coins.
1978. Earthmoving revealed Roman pottery.
1979. Trenching revealed Roman finds.
1980. Find of Roman coins, pottery etcetera and finds (S1 and S2); Mesolithic flints (probably a reference to NHER 6192), Bronze Age sherds, Iron Age coin reported.
1992. Roman sherds and animal bone found.
For full details see file. Copy of (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU).

Stray finds in base soil.
Roman pottery: one plain Samian body sherd; six body sherds greyware; one rim fragment Nene Valley colour coated.
Three fragments of fired clay, one totally smoothed brick/tile fragment, undatable.
Fragment of lime wall plaster, perhaps Roman.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 19 July 2000.

Before 23 January 2002. Found by member of Salthouse History Group but not seen by NLA.
Roman copper alloy casket mount: small, about 25mm in diameter, circular convex mount with apparently human face surrounded by lion's mane. Presumably with a hollow reverse and iron shank.
Information from [2].
See letter and scanned photographs in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 19 June 2002.

Before 27 July 2006. Chance find.
Two conjoining sherds of Roman Nene Valley ware with white barbatine decoration, weighing 3.4g.
E. Darch (NLA), 27 July 2006.

1970s–17 October 2010 and before 26 April 10. Stray finds.
22 Romano-British sherds and fragment of imbrex.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (HES), 4 March 2011.

September 2009. Site visit.
A pit 80cm deep and 60cm wide filled with dark loamy soil with flecks of charcoal containing two sherds of Roman pottery was observed within the exposed in the profile of the cliff.
See (S4) and digital photographs.
S. Howard (HES), 5 May 2011.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • KILN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SIGNAL STATION (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Undated)
  • TILE (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • COIN (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BRICK (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FURNITURE FITTING (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • KNIFE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • NAIL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: 1930. [unknown]. Y Cymmrodor. Vol XLI, p 61.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. and Apling, H. 1935. An Iron Age Tumulus on Warborough Hill, Stiffkey, Norfolk. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Part III pp 408-428. p 427.
---Serial: 1972. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1972. No 19. p 9.
---Publication: Bolding. Notebook.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Publication: Fiddian, V. (ed). 2003. Salthouse. The story of a Norfolk Village.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 04 SE 4 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Article in Serial: 1855. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VI pp 341-366. p 355.
---Publication: Surtees, S.F.. 1866. Did he cross the channel?, Julius Caesar.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Salthouse [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Photograph: BPA 11-20 (coins).
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Illustration: Unknown. 1980. Drawing of a Roman bird brooch.. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Illustration: Unknown. 1980. Drawing of a Roman bird brooch.. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Publication: Vines, A.. Romano British Site at Salhouse.
<S4>Correspondence: Sapwell, T.. 2009. Email regarding Roman pottery found in a pit at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse, Norfolk.. 5 September.

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