Record Details

NHER Number:11303
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of a possible medieval moat and/or post medieval decoy and multi-period finds


The site of a possible medieval moat and/or a post medieval decoy and multi-period finds. A circular filled feature appears on the tithe map of 1844, but does not survive. It could have been a medieval moat, although as it does not appear 17th or 18th century maps it may have been a post medieval decoy. Prehistoric flint artefacts, a Roman coin and medieval and post medieval pottery have been collected.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 69289 42856
Map Sheet:TF64SE

Full description

1976. Context 1 at grid reference.
Silver denarius of Commodus found on ploughed surface. Date AD 192 (RIC 235?).
Information via KLM, seen A. Gregory (NAU), 7 May 1976.
Rest of field is Le Strange's M77/2-4.

In May 1977 medieval and post medieval sherds found, rim sherd of Grimston jug, flint flakes, cores, scrapers, hammerstone. These include an amber coloured Neolithic flint knife, 7cm long, 6cm broad, 1cm thick.
See further details in file.
1844 tithe map (S1) shows what seems to be a circular moat in centre of this site - but it does not appear on 1615 or 1765 Le Strange Maps (S2)-(S3). So is it a late decoy?
However the Le Strange maps are not that accurate so as to be sure.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 May 1983.

NGR amended from original TF 6930 4275.
M. Horlock (NLA), 17 December 2002.

Monument Types

  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DECOY POND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CORE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FLAKE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • HAMMERSTONE (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • KNIFE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • COIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1976. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1976. No 23. p 13.
---Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 64 SE 50.
---Unpublished Document: Thorogood, P.. 2000. Duck Decoys of Norfolk (UEA BA Dissertation ref HISH 3P2Y).
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Map: ?. 1844. Hunstanton Tithe Map.
<S2>Map: LeStrange. 1615. LeStrange map of 1615 (NRO OA1).
<S3>Map: 1765. Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton and part of Ringstead - Enclosure Map ?1765 NRO LeStrange H 1/1.

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