Record Details

NHER Number:28325
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval ditches and Roman and medieval finds


Metal detecting here in 1991-92 recovered a bronze dragon-headed spout from a medieval ewer, a Roman dolphin type brooch and a medieval bronze key. A subsequent geophysical survey and evaluation excavation in 1995 revealed two ditches containing medieval pottery.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 84 11
Map Sheet:TF81SW

Full description

August 1991. Metal detecting find within this field.
Bronze dragon-headed spout from ewer. A very fine example. 15th century.
Photographed by NAU.
Information from [1].
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM).
D. Gurney (NLA) 22 August 1991

1991. Metal detector find by member of the public [1].
Roman dolphin type brooch 1st century AD.
Polaroid taken by NCM.
W. Milligan (NCM) 14 August 1991

February 1992. Metal detector find.
Medieval bronze key with open lozenge terminal. 13th century?
D. Gurney (NLA).

December 1994. Desk-based Assessment.
See report (S1) for details.
P. Watkins (HES), 30 March 2015.

1995. February 1995. Geophysical Survey.
Magnetometer survey of two areas. Although a few pit- and ditch-type anomalies were identified in the eastern area (Area A) their ephemeral nature meant that an archaeological interpretation could only be tentative. No potentially archaeologically significant anomalies were identified in the western area (Area B).
See report (S2) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 30 March 2015.

March 1995. Trial Trenching.
Six trenches excavated, one in the car park adjacent to The Chequers public house and the other five targeting anomalies identified by the earlier geophysical survey.
Revealed two ditches containing 12th/13th century pottery. Other features proved to be of recent origin. See report (S3) for further details. The results of this work are also summarised in (S4).
The associated archive has been deposited with the Norwich Castle Museum (NWHCM : 2008.98).
E. Rose (NLA) 7 June 1995. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 30 March 2015 and 5 May 2019.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • VESSEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Photograph: NCC Find Identification and Recording Service. c. 1975-2000. HES Find Polaroid Collection. HES Find Polaroid Collection. polaroid. black and white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: FNV 4-7.
<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Samuels, J. 1994. The Chequers Public House, The Street, Sporle, Norfolk. Archaeological Assessement. John Samuels Archaeological Consultants.
<S2>Unpublished Contractor Report: Stephens, C. 1995. Report on Geophysical Survey. Sporle, Norfolk. Geophysical Surveys of Bradford. 95/17.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Samuels, J. 1995. An Archaeological Evaluation at The Chequers Public House, Sporle, Norfolk. John Samuels Archaeological Consultants.
<S4>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. p 409.

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