Record Details

NHER Number:10155
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of the Hermitage Garden


Aerial photographs taken in 1989 show a moat and several linear features at this location. The area is known as Hermitage Plantation, and as such it could be the location of the 17th century Hermitage Garden known to exist in the area (the other possible site is NHER 10207).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2816 9501
Map Sheet:TM29NE

Full description

Moat, Hermitage Plantation (name significant? - perhaps only a 'summerhouse' name).
E. Rose (NAU).

See file under NHER 10200 which refers to a moated Hermitage Garden northeast of the Hall (NHER 10207) - not northwest.

1989. NAU aerial photography.
Shows soilmarks of linear feature cutting through the centre of this moat; to north coincides with a removed field boundary, to south on a slightly sinuous course.
E. Rose (NLA) 24 May 1993.

This feature is not on the 1814 maps, and is described very much as a garden feature in the sale particulars of 1839. See extracts from 1839 and 1885 maps in file.
D. Gurney (NLA) 4 February 1997.

August 2003.
Site under mature trees and scrub, masking much of interior, with 'dead' wood over a great part of the site, and some uprooting on banks. Some brick work in tree roots on interior face. Ditches 3-3.5m wide, widening ar northeast corner and to southeast, narrower to the west. Some disturbance of soil to the northwest corner, large stones and pebbles here. A few young conifers planted on east side of platform. Ditches filled with deep boggy silt. Used for pheasant rearing.
H. Paterson (A&E) 26 August 2003.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GARDEN FEATURE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TM 2894 G,L.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 NE 8.
---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 - Medieval. Woodton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.

Related records

10156Related to: Possible site of Woodton Hall (pre 1694) or the Hermitage Garden (Monument)
10207Related to: Possible site of Woodton Hall (pre 1694) or the Hermitage Garden (Monument)

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