Record Details

NHER Number:29497
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval shrunken village and multi-period pottery sherds, Church Lane


Aerial photographs taken in 1988 show the earthworks of square enclosure and the remnants of building platforms at this location. These show that Burgh-next-Aylsham was a shrunken medieval village. In 1993 a large number of pottery sherds were recovered from the site of the earthworks and these included pieces of Saxon Ipswich Ware, Roman greyware, medieval Grimston Ware and post medieval Red Glazed Earthenware. A re-evaluation of the shrunken village in 2002 showed the area was heavily overgrown, but local residents remembered the presence of fairly substantial earthworks previously.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2183 2515
Map Sheet:TG22NW

Full description

Earthworks of square enclosures in grassland, seen on vertical air photographs taken in NCC/BKS survey of Norfolk, 1988.
Possibly remains of house platforms, making Burgh-next-Aylsham a shrunken village.
Recorded during NLA Earthwork Survey, January 1993.
M. Flitcroft (NLA) 22 February 1993.

February 1993. NLA Earthwork Survey fieldwork.
Ploughed out enclosure earthwork, still some evidence of depression surrounding one rectangular enclosure. General pottery scatter.
Top half of field:
Two greyware, Roman.
One Ipswich pimply base, Middle Saxon.
Three unglazed rims, medieval.
Eleven various, medieval.
Two Grimston glazed, medieval.
One Langerwehe, medieval.
One Glazed red earthenware, post medieval.
Bottom half of field:
One Ipswich sandy rim, Middle Saxon.
Three Thetford type: one body, one jar rim, one flat base, Late Saxon.
Five unglazed rims, medieval.
Forty-five unglazed various, medieval.
One Grimston glazed, medieval.
One Paffrath? (overfired) body, medieval.
Seven various Late medieval/Transitional, medieval.
Three Glazed red earthware, post medieval.
Identifications by A. Rogerson (NLA) 12 February 1993.
B. Cushion (NLA) 12 February 1993.

September 2002.
Field under pasture, grass long and unkempt, making identification difficult, though some variation in levels. Local residents remember fairly substantial earthworks many years ago.
H. Paterson (A&E) 9 September 2002.

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SQUARE ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Middle Saxon - 651 AD to 850 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Vertical Aerial Photograph: BKS/NCC 3803-4.
---Unpublished Document: H. Paterson (A&E), MPP. Management Statement.

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