Record Details

NHER Number:4271
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval town ditch and foundations of the medieval town wall


In the early 1970s sections of the medieval town ditch and foundations of the medieval town wall (NHER 4294) were exposed during excavations. The ditch sections were filled with soil and silt deposits, while the foundations were built of stone and flint. Medieval brick was collected, along with post medieval pottery and clay pipes (smoking).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 5251 0766
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

Summer 1972. Four test holes ahead of Star Development, Market Gates, watched.
Deposits filling town ditch revealed. Face and footings of wall exposed in one test pit. Post medieval pottery, as well a deposit of early 18th century clay pipes.
See (S1) in file.

1973. Three trenches dug by JCB in area of Star Development, south of Market Gates Road.
Trenches at right angles to foot of town wall (NHER 4294). Revealed section of town ditch filled with soil and silt deposits. Exposed flint and stone foundations of the wall's Guard Tower. Much post medieval pottery (16th century onwards) both in and out of the ditch.
For full details see report (S2) in file.
E. Rose.

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOWN WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Sewter, J.. 1973. Test Holes, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Unknown. 1973. Excavations at Star GB Developments Site, Market Gates, Great Yarmouth.

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