Record Details

NHER Number:1780
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age round barrow, Howe Hill


A Bronze Age round barrow known as Howe Hill. The barrow is mentioned in medieval documents and Blomefield records that human remains were found on the site. Metal detecting has recovered an Early Saxon brooch and wrist clasp. This may also be the site of an Early Saxon inhumation cemetery recorded under NHER 1781.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 87 43
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

'Another large tumulus, now gone, near Lord Leicester's garden in the same park'.
Marked as Howe Hill on Ordnance Survey.
R.R. Clarke (NCM).

Among sources given by Clarke it is difficult to tell which refer to this site and which to NHER 1779.
(S1) says only 'a mound near the stables of Holkham Hall' also 'human remains found', checked by E. Rose (NAU).
(S2) 'tumulus near church'.
(S3) 'Human bones and pieces of armour' in tumulus' a little distance from the church'.
(S4) calls tumulus.
(S5) 'Danish tumulus'; called Hadehogate 1234 Haddehowe 1306 = Hadda's Hill, perhaps Howe Hill.
See NHER 1781, a Saxon cemetery, perhaps the same site, as assumed by (S6).
A. Lawson (NAU) February 1975.

1988 to 1989. At spot marked by R.R. Clarke (NCM), in wood, two items found with metal detector about 7.3m (8 yards) apart.
Side knobs of group V cruciform brooch (S7), with iron rivet; fragment of wrist clasp (S8).
Drawn and photographed in file.
A. Rogerson (NAU) 21 February 1989.

19 July 1994. NLA air photography.
Site of Howe Hill tumulus obscured by trees.
S. Massey (NLA), 19 April 2001.

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds

  • ARMOUR (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BROOCH (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • SLEEVE CLASP (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TF8742/ABA - ABK.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 84 SE 6 [3]; TF 84 SE 11.
---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 - Bronze Age. Holkham.
---Publication: Wright, H.. 1854. [unknown]. p.151. p 151.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: EWW6,7.
<S1>Article in Serial: Woodward, S.. 1829. [unknown]. MS. Vol III, fig 75.
<S2>Monograph: Camden, W.. 1977. Britannia.. Vol II. Translated by R. Gough from the 1789 edition.. p 197.
<S3>Serial: Blomefield, F.. 1805-1810. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk.. Volume Unknown. vol.IX p.293.
<S4>Publication: 1906. Wells Local Guide.
<S5>Publication: Lukis, F.C.. 1843. A Brief Account of the Barrows near Bircham Magna, Norfolk.. p 11.
<S6>Publication: Meaney, A.. 1964. Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites.
<S7>Illustration: Fox, D. E. 1989. Drawing of an Early Saxon copper alloy wing from head of cruciform brooch. Film. 2:1.
<S8>Illustration: Fox, D. E. 1989. Drawing of an Early Saxon copper alloy wrist clasp fragment. Film. 2:1.

Related records

1781Related to: Early Saxon inhumation cemetery (poorly located) (Monument)

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