Record Details

NHER Number:1267
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman features and finds from cliff face at Hunstanton


Roman features and finds. During the construction of a new esplanade and swimming baths in 1879, three Roman pits were found in a cliff face. They contained oyster shells and pottery and were probably rubbish pits, although they may have been graves. Other features containing Roman pottery have been recorded after having fallen from the cliff face. Some of these have been described as 'tombs'.

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Grid Reference:TF 6718 4109
Map Sheet:TF64SE

Full description

In excavating for new esplanade and swimming baths, three narrow pits with shells found in cliffs. All pits were 1.65m (5 1/2 feet) below surface, on top of carstone. Probably refuse pits of village but may be graves.
Pit I - here a horizontal line 25.4 to 30.5cm (10 to 12 inches) long indicated bottom - oyster shells were traced back 0.9m (3 feet).
Pit II - perpendicular lines as well dug away.
Pit III - only 35.5cm (14 inches) high, of square section. An urn found in it.
Three 1st century AD urns recorded from this site; fragments of one possibly from pit fill, illustrated in (S1).
See also (S2).

Possibly same site - from foot of cliff at Hunstanton near pier: small tombs exposed by cliff falling.
Pots found; one given to Hunstanton Hall where it was in 1901 but lost by 1961.
E. Rose (NAU).

Plotted on map at TF 6719 4110 (corner).
R.J. Rickett (NAU), 13 March 1990.

R.R. Clarke's (NCM) original transcript of above notes (S5) in file.

Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TOMB (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • OYSTER SHELL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NLA. Finds Photograph.
---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. Hunstanton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: 1880. Cambridge Antiquarian Society Collection. VolIV. pp 423, 426, 425; No xx.
<S2>Monograph: 1901. The Victoria History of Norfolk. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol 1. p 318.
<S3>Article in Serial: [anonymous]. 1901. [proceedings of meeting held Thursday, April 18th, 1901]. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Second Series Vol XVIII pp 303-332. p 312.
<S4>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 64 SE 1.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Clarke, R.R.. Site notes.

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