Record Details

NHER Number:24368
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable medieval canal from Eggshell Hall to Steggle Drove across Great West Fen


A ridge of silt running across the fen can be seen on aerial photographs. This is probably a medieval canal offering a short cut for river traffic between the Great Ouse and Wissey rivers.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 6058 9798
Map Sheet:TL69NW

Full description

Pre 1988. Soilmark. HLG U7.
Linear, light mark, with possible continuation at each end of detached blobs. Predates Sam's Cut Drain (17th century) and droveway. Has some appearance of being a roddon, especially if detached marks at ends belong.
R. Silvester (NAU).

Seen on Cambridge University Committee for Aerial Photography aerial photographs by R. Silvester (NAU) and shown to E. Rose (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU), 8 March 1988.

R. Silvester (NAU), now believes this to be a medieval? canal dug to connect the Wissey and the Great Ouse.
See text in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 July 1988.

Monument Types

  • CANAL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP RC8 EB258.
---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. p 48.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.

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