Record Details

NHER Number:17441
Type of record:Monument
Name:Undated enclosures, pond and trackway and multi-period finds

Summary

Possible enclosures, a pond and a possible trackway are visible on aerial photographs. These have been interpreted as part of a medieval shrunken village, although it is more probable that most are undated drainage features. Metal-detecting in this area has recovered medieval buckles, medieval and post-medieval coins (including one Spanish coin), a post-medieval German jetton and undated weights or spindle whorls. Metal-detecting in 2010-11 recovered a Late Bronze Age dagger scabbard chape.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 72 25
Map Sheet:TF72NW
Parish:HILLINGTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1973. Earthworks. Enclosures and trackway leading towards moated site. Shrunken village?
Plotted by A. Gregory (NAU) from aerial photographs.
A. Walker, 12 March 1981.

On NAU aerial photographs these may be simply drainage marks, though some at north end might be earlier than rest.
E. Rose (NAU), 2 August 1983.

April 1985. Visit.
Land now ploughed up and under crop, so could not be walked. Discussion with farmer and examination of old Ordnance Survey maps at farm suggests that these are mostly drainage. Sinuous southeast to northwest line is relatively modern drain from old pit. Marks at right angles seem to be drainage.
However marks at north end field seem to include former linear waterfilled pond (see 1926 25 inch Ordnance Survey; (S1)). There is a possibility this might indeed be a moat. Pond now incorporated into the drain.
Mark north of road in park seems to be old channel draining into moat NHER 3511. Now also ploughed out.
E. Rose (NAU), 17 April 1985.

5 October 1997. Metal-detecting.
Medieval and post-medieval coins.
Post-medieval jetton.
Medieval buckles.
Undated weights or whorls.
See lists in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 1 November 1997.

2010, before 24 Jan 2011. Metal-detecting.
Late Bronze Age dagger scabbard chape, (S2).
See description in file.
A. Rogerson (HES), 14 June 2011.

Monument Types

  • DRAIN (Unknown date)
  • ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Unknown date)
  • POND (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • FINDSPOT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SPINDLE WHORL (Undated)
  • WEIGHT (Undated)
  • SCABBARD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • BUCKLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: OS 73.003.194, NAU TF 7225A-G; OS 92.346.010.
---Photograph: I & RS. Digital finds image.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1926. Ordnance Survey 25 inch map.
<S2>Illustration: Gibbons, J.. 2011. Drawing of a Late Bronze Age scabbard chape.. Film. 1:1.

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