Record Details

NHER Number:3975
Type of record:Monument
Name:Narborough Camp Iron Age hillfort

Summary

The earthworks of this Iron Age fort are in Camphill Plantation on the south side of the Nar valley. The fort is strategically placed on a low plateau close to the crossing of the River Nar by the Icknield Way (NHER 1398). The fort consists of a single bank and ditch forming a large oval shape about 150 by 132m. The banks are made of chalk rubble. The west part of the rampart has been levelled perhaps between 1810 and 1832. There is a causeway across the ditch to the southwest - this is probably an original entrance. Very few finds have been recorded from the fort but some pieces of Iron Age, Roman and medieval pot and prehistoric worked and burnt flints have been recovered.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 7514 1308
Map Sheet:TF71SE
Parish:NARBOROUGH, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Iron Age hillfort.
Single rampart and ditch with two gates (one south, one northeast). Rampart and ditch destroyed to west.

About 1600.
'Bones and armour' found. These may be Early Saxon.
Reported in (S1).

October 1935 and August 1938.
Iron Age and Roman sherds, flints found inside earthwork and much Roman material to south and southwest.

12 January 1976. Tree fell within earthwork.
Iron Age sherd found.

1978. On surface inside earthwork.
Medieval sherd found.
Identified by A. Gregory (NAU).

1988. Tree fell within earthwork.
Iron Age sherd found.
Identified by J. Wymer (NCM).

See details, schedule sheet (S2), photograph (S3) and notes in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 8 February 1996.

This fort is on the south side of the Nar valley. It is strategically placed on a low plateau close to the crossing of the River Nar by the Icknield Way. The fort consists of a single bank and ditch forming a large oval shape about 150 by 132m. The banks are made of chalk rubble. The west part of the rampart has been levelled, perhaps between 1810 and 1832. There is a causeway across the ditch to the southwest - this is probably an original entrance. Very few finds have been recorded from the fort but some pieces of Iron Age, Roman and medieval pot and prehistoric worked and burnt flints have been recovered.
Information from (S4).
M. Dennis (NLA), 4 August 2006.

May 2008.
Three year Section 17 management agreement signed.
See (S5).
D. Robertson (NLA), 19 June 2008.

October 2008.
Repair to tree throw scar in rampart.
D. Robertson (HES), 28 August 2012.

March 2010.
Revised Section 17 management agreement signed.
See (S6).
D. Robertson (NLA), 11 August 2010.

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Unknown date)
  • HILLFORT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • INHUMATION (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ARMOUR (Undated)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Undated)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Early Saxon - 411 AD to 650 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7513A-H, J.
---Article in Serial: Clarke, R. R. 1940. Norfolk in the Dark Ages, 400-800 A.D., Part II. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXVII Pt II pp 215-249. pp 246-247.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 71 SE 14.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Unpublished Document: Robset ?. 1930. Camp Hills, Narborough, Norfolk (British Camp or Norman Motte and Bailey?). October.
---Unpublished Document: Wilson, T.. The Narborough Enclosure.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Neolithic. Narborough.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Narborough.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Roman. Narborough.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Narborough.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
---Article in Serial: Iving, G. V. 1858. On Earthworks and Other Ancient Fortifications in the County of Norfolk, Visited in 1857. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. First Series Vol XIV pp 193-215 and 305-310. p 195.
<S1>Publication: Spelman. 1727. Icenia. Icenia.
<S2>Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF468.
<S3>Photograph: 1935. AM40. Earthwork in Camphill Plantation. Vallum of chalk rubble..
<S4>Article in Monograph: Rickett, R. 1992. The Other Forts of Norfolk. The Iron Age Forts of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. Davies, J. et al. No 54 pp 59-68. pp 66-68.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2008-2009. Section 17 Management Agreement.
<S6>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2009-2010. Norfolk Monuments Management Project Section 17 agreement.

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