Record Details

NHER Number:16657
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of drainage features and post-medieval field boundaries


Cropmarks and earthworks visible on aerial photographs represent drainage features and post medieval field boundaries. Two possible ring ditches also visible as cropmarks are unlikely to be of archaeological origin. The drains form part of an extensive drainage network which extends north, west and south along the valley of Dyke Beck and one of its tributaries. To the south, another area of this drainage network, parts of which have been interpreted tentatively as hollow ways, has been recorded as NHER 35391.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0933 0191
Map Sheet:TG00SE

Full description

6 July 1977. NAU aerial photographs (S1).
Cropmark of possible ring ditch (visible on TG 0901A only).
Approximately 25m diameter.

Miscellaneous linear cropmarks are also apparent.
Compiled by J. Bown (NAU), 28 October 1980.

October 2011. Norfolk NMP.
The cropmarks of a possible ring ditch, described above, are visible on aerial photographs (S1), at TG 0946 0182. They are unlikely to be of archaeological origin, the marks appearing to be a product of recent agricultural activity. A second ring ditch, visible 235m to the north as a vegetation mark on aerial photographs (S2) (at approximately TG 0949 0206) also looks like a mark left by modern activity.
The linear features described above appear to be a mixture of drainage features and post medieval field boundaries, visible as earthworks and cropmarks on (S1)-(S2), but also (S3)-(S4), centred at TG 0935 0189. Some of the latter are depicted on historic maps, including Wymondham Tithe Map (S5), while one of the drains partially follows or is followed by the parish boundary.
Neither the ring ditches nor the drains and boundaries have been mapped by the NMP, but the site boundary has been extended to include both ring ditches and the main area of drains and former field boundaries.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 19 October 2011.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Unknown date)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH? (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) LINEAR FEATURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • (Former Type) RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NON ANTIQUITY (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1977. NHER TG 0901A-B (NLA 44/AHP23, 25) 06-JUL-1977.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1992. NHER TG 0902A-C (NLA 312/GML3-5) 20-JUL-1992.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 3G/TUD/UK/52 5340-1 31-JAN-1946 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Google Earth. ? - present. Google Earth Orthophotographs. XX-XXX-1999 Accessed 19-OCT-2011.
<S5>Map: Bircham, W.G.. 1839. Wymondham Tithe Map.

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