Record Details

NHER Number:13524
Type of record:Monument
Name:Rockland Broad


A flooded medieval peat extraction site, this is now the largest area of open water in the Yare Valley. The line of parallel islands to the northwest of the broad are the overgrown hulks of wherries sunk in 1931 and later to improve tidal scour.

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Grid Reference:TG 331 051
Map Sheet:TG30NW

Full description

Medieval peat working.
The line of parallel islands in northwest of broad are overgrown hulks of wherries sunk in 1931 to improve the tidal scour.
See (S1).

Details (S2) in file of the names of the wherries above mentioned and their relative positions. The file also details the wherry Liberty, not strictly speaking suitable for the NHER as it was not sunk until 1963. It is in Wheatfen Broad to the north which is not mentioned by (S1) as a medieval peat working and so is outside the county number until further information obtained.
E. Rose (NLA), 17 August 1993.

See (S3) in file, which suggests that the northern section may have been extended by post medieval extraction. It has since been terrestrialised.
D. Gurney (NLA), 27 May 2003.

Monument Types

  • PEAT CUTTING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PEAT CUTTING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WRECK (Post Medieval - 1540 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.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Rockland St Mary.
<S1>Monograph: Lambert, J.M. & Jennings, J.N.. 1960. The Making of the Broads: A Reconsideration of their Origin in the Light of New Evidence..
<S2>Correspondence: Ambrose, B.. 1993. Letter to D. Edwards (NAU). 6 August.
<S3>Unpublished Document: Williamson, T.. 2002. Report for Broads Authority.

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