Record Details

NHER Number:36031
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval decoy pond, Decoy Wood


An early 18th century decoy pond shown on a map of 1730. The pond has recently been restored.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8723 4469
Map Sheet:TF84SE

Full description

2000. Field Observation and Desk-based Assessment.
Site identified during archaeological assessment of Holkham Estate.
Decoy pond, built about 1730.
A map of about 1730 of Holkham Marshes, (S1), also shows the decoy, pencilled in as a 4 pipe rectangular decoy. Work on the decoy during the 1740 is noted in (S2).
The decoy is flooded for the reserve but is being restored (2001).
See report (S3) for further details.
K. Penn (NAU), 2 March 2001. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 28 April 2015.

1974. Ordnance Survey air photography.
Decoy pond.
4 pipes, central mound with 3 sided structure.
Another pond to north and a third to the south.
See (S4) in file.
A. Miller (Suffolk CC NMP).
D. Gurney (NLA), 13 February 2002.

Monument Types

  • POND (Unknown date)
  • DECOY POND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Aerial Archaeology Foundation. [unknown].
---Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1974. OS 74-079-(81-2).
---Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Holkham Archives. 1730. Map of Holkham Marshes.
<S2>Publication: Holkham Archive. Account book.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Penn, K. 2000. The Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Archaeological Survey (Final Report). Norfolk Archaeological Unit. 532.
<S4>Map: NMP Plot.

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