Record Details

NHER Number:8127
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ravensgate Way, medieval road


This medieval road is marked on maps in 1585 and 1906. The exact line is hard to judge but the road ran from Norwich through Sprowston to Rackheath. Although no traces of the road have been found, a short section of a post medieval hollow way has been identified here.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2635 1175
Map Sheet:TG21SE

Full description

Medieval road.
Marked on Mousehold map of 1585 (copies NRO, NCM and reproduced in (S1)) - and also on (S2) according to member of the public [1] (not checked E. Rose (NAU)).

Begins inside Norwich continuing old course of Magdalen Road past Lazar House and up Mousehold Heath west side, entering Broadland district (Sprowston parish) at TG 2421 1096 (TG 21 SW/41) and continuing into Rackheath parish (TG 21 SE/1) finally merging with modern (post-enclosure) road at around 2916 1308.
No trace on aerial photographs or on ground despite careful search.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Section of R. R. Clarke's (NCM) marking south of Rackheath Hall corrected by E. Rose (NAU) from comparison with original map, and location of features such as lakes. However exact line is very difficult to judge.
E. Rose (NAU), 19 April 1985.

August 2001.
A short piece of hollow way does survive.
See note in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 30 August 2001.

December 2007. Norfolk NMP.
See NHER 50730, 50729 and 50727 for a possibly related settlement site visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 10 December 2007.

November 2008. Norfolk NMP.
See NHER 51890 for possibly related field boundaries visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs.
E. Bales (NMP), 11 November 2008.

Monument Types

  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • ROAD (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: Rye, W. 1907. Earthworks at Mousehold Heath. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XVI p 91.
<S2>Map: 1906. Boundary extension map.

Related records

50728Related to: Possible fragment of undated settlement (Monument)
51890Related to: Possible medieval-post medieval field boundaries (Monument)
50730Related to: Site of probable multi-phase settlement of unknown date, north of Cherry Tree Farm (Monument)
50729Related to: Site of probable settlement of unknown date (Monument)
50727Related to: Site of undated settlement on Rackheath and Salhouse parish boundary (Monument)

Find out more...

Norfolk County Council logo Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Powered by HBSMR-web and the HBSMR Gateway from exeGesIS SDM Ltd, and mojoPortal CMS
© 2007 - 2024 Norfolk Historic Environment Service