Record Details

NHER Number:11708
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bronze Age ring ditch


A possible Bronze Age ring ditch occupies a prominent topographical location at the eastern end of the Cromer Ridge, overlooking the head of a dry valley to its west. Of unknown function, this cropmark could equally be attributed to a medieval or post-medieval windmill, or even a World War Two military site.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2483 3990
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

South of corner of field, now radio station, bisected by field boundary on Ordnance Survey (now removed). Ring ditch.
E. Rose (NAU), 20 October 1976.

Grid reference corrected by, is not bisected by field boundary.
S. Norton (NAU), 1982

July 2004. Norfolk NMP.
NMP mapping has led to the alteration of the central grid reference of the site from TG 2481 3989 to TG 2483 3991.

The ring ditch described above is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs (S1), centred at TG 2483 3991. Its date and function are unknown, but its prominent topographical position seems likely to have been a significant factor in its siting. Most of the ring ditches identified in the surrounding area are likely to be the remains of Bronze Age round barrows and a similar interpretation of this site seems plausible.

The ring ditch is slightly sub-circular and measures up to 17m in diameter. It is defined by a relatively substantial ditch, measuring approximately 2m in diameter. Two apparent breaks in its circuit are likely to reflect masking of the cropmark or even truncation by modern disturbance rather than genuine causeways. (S1)
S. Tremlett (NMP), 26 August 2004.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • WINDMILL (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WINDMILL MOUND (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1974. NHER TG 2439A-B (NLA 10/ADK16-7) 08-JUL-1974.

Related records - none

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