Record Details

NHER Number:25910
Type of record:Monument
Name:Deserted medieval settlement of Swathing


This is the site of the deserted medieval settlement of Swathing, visible as earthworks, and on aerial photographs. The settlement may extend into site NHER 11974.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 9884 0576
Map Sheet:TF90NE

Full description

19 February 1988, 16 November 1989. NAU air photography.
Earthworks of possible tofts.
D. Edwards (NLA) 5 July 1990.

Under good grass cover.
Owner states land has not been ploughed in living memory.
Earthworks extend into field to south.
H. Paterson (NLA) 3 May 1996.

1996. Earthwork Survey.
Survey at 1:1000. Suggestion that this site is Swathing deserted medieval village.
Finds from arable land of the northeast part of site:
South angle of field:
10 medieval pottery sherds (1 rim and 4 body sherds medieval unglazed, 1 ?medieval glazed and 4 glazed Grimston).
West half of field towards road:
5 medieval pottery sherds (3 body sherds and 1 base medieval unglazed and 1 glazed Grimston).
See report (S1) for plan and further details. This site was included in (S2) and the survey is also noted in (S3).
B. Cushion (NLA) October 1996. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 24 March 2015.

Cross reference to NHER 11974.
Possible site of Swarthing deserted medieval village.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 25 May 2001.

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Undated)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Undated)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Undated)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF9805 E-J,K-M, TF9805,M,DVV,15.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 90 NE 7 [2].
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1996. Cranworth SMR25910. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S2>Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 25.
<S3>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1997. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1996. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt IV pp 547-564. p 550.

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