Record Details

NHER Number:6591
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Roman pottery, Bessingham Estate


In 1870 various pieces of Roman pottery were recovered from a sandpit on D. Spurrell’s estate at Bessingham. The exact location of these finds is not clear but it seems unlikely that they came from ‘The Castle’ or ‘Moatyards’ (NHER 6593).

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Full description

1870. 'Roman remains' found in sandpit on D. Spurrell's estate at Bessingham, approximately 55-58m (180-190ft) OD, 1.2m (4ft) deep.
Plain sherds, 'common blue clay cups', 'a few of brown clay with ribbed sides and fluted spirals', also HSR.
See (S1) and (S2).

R. R. Clarke (NCM) on NCM card locates this at Castle Yards (NHER 6593) but neither reference says this, only that the Castle Site is also on Spurrell's estate, and he owned a very large area.
(S3)'s newspaper articles on Norfolk churches dating to around 1910 do speak of 'Roman pottery found at the moatyards in 1870' but he is unreliable.
E. Rose (NAU) 23 March 1977.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Sustead.
<S1>Article in Serial: [anonymous]. 1873. [proceedings of meeting held Thursday, December 1st, 1870]. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Second Series Vol V pp 32-40. pp 32-33.
<S2>Article in Serial: 1872. Appendix. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Committee. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol VII pp 349-374. p 372.
<S3>Monograph: Bryant, T. H. 1900. Hundred of North Erpingham. Vol V. p 43.

Related records

6593Related to: 'The Castle' or 'Moatyards', south of Bessingham Wood (Monument)

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