Record Details

NHER Number:18951
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of possible medieval manor and multi-period pottery sherds


Fenland fieldwalking here during 1983 recorded sherds of Middle Saxon, Late Saxon and medieval pottery along with some post medieval material, bone and shell fragments. Aerial photographs of the area also show the cropmarks of a regular moat at this site. It has been suggested that this moat relates to either the Bishop of Ely's Manor House or Lewes Manor (see also NHER 18947).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 47 13
Map Sheet:TF41SE

Full description

24 February 1983.
Context 1.
Sherds of medieval pot over field. Also one Middle Saxon, two Late Saxon.

Context 2 centred at [1]. Area of scatter 70m north-to-south and 60m east-to-west at 3.7m (12ft) OD.
Abundant scatter of medieval pottery on top large roddon and spreading down west side. Includes twelve Middle Saxon sherds and many Late Saxon - archive- and lava.
May be earlier than moated site, only part of which contains pottery. See NHER 11959.
Some post medieval material, also abundant shell and animal bone.
Sparse slag (Post medieval?) and fired clay.
Identifications by R. Silvester (NAU) March 1983.
R. Silvester (NAU) March 1983.

28 July 1983. NAU aerial photography, flight no.136.
Cropmark of regular moat with angled entrance on south side.
D. Edwards (NAU) 22 August 1983.

Transferred from site NHER 11959, which adjoins south side of this feature. See discussion in that file.
E. Rose (NAU) 19 September 1983.

R. Silvester suggests site of Bishop of Ely's Manor House.
See (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 12 February 1986.

But reference (S2) indicates this is in fact Lewes Manor, not Ely's, the latter being site NHER 18947.

Pre 1987. Reported as from general area of this field. Found with metal detector.
Penny of Henry VI.

For full details of wares, flint types etc. see Fenland Folders (S3).

Monument Types

  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Undated)
  • QUERN (Undated)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 4713A.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. WNW BE. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Thesis: Davies, G.. 2010. Settlement, economy and lifestyle: The changing social identities of the coastal settlements of West Norfolk, 450-1100 AD..
<S1>Article in Serial: Silvester, R. J. 1985. West Walton: The Development of a Siltland Parish. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIX Pt II pp 101-117. p 112.
<S2>Article in Serial: Davison, A. 1996. The Manors of West Walton. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 339-343.
<S3>Archive: Fenland Folders.

Related records

25853Related to: Multi-period metal objects, coins and pottery sherds (Find Spot)
18947Related to: Multi-period objects, coins and pottery sherds (Find Spot)

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