Record Details

NHER Number:24314
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible medieval tofts in field north of Modney Hall


Fieldwalking as part of the Fenland Survey recovered a few prehistoric worked flints. Two concentrations of prehistoric burnt flints were identified. Ordnance Survey records suggest that earthworks in this field were the remains of medieval tofts and a 'trackway'. They have now been destroyed.

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Grid Reference:TL 6089 9641
Map Sheet:TL69NW

Full description

23 February 1988. Fenland fieldwalking. Field north of Modney Hall.
Good weathered soil, young cereal.

Context 1. HLG BU.
A couple of flints.

Context 2 at 6110 9636. HLG 15.
On level part of island,sandy mineral soil. 36m east to west x 29m north to south at 4.3m OD.
Concentration of pot boilers, sparse but no flint.

Context 3 at 6103 9656. HLG 16.
On loam soil, formerly covered by peat. 28m northeast to southwest x 23m northwest to southeast at 3.4m OD.
Concentration of pot boilers, sparse but no flint.
R. Silvester (NAU), 23 February 1988.

For full details of wares, flint types, etc. see (S1).

Earthworks in a field of permanent pasture, centred at TL 6083 9633, comprise the truncated remains of steadings and a field system with a 'trackway' between them. The farmer states that masonry foundations lie near the surface over a large part of this field, but no structure outline is visible. Now all destroyed.
Information from (S2).
R.J. Rickett (NAU), 29 March 1990.

Monument Types

  • BURNT MOUND (Prehistoric - 1000000 BC to 42 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HLG 15. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HLG 16. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. HLG BU. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Record Card: Ordnance Survey Records / Pastscape.

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