Record Details

NHER Number:38498
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of post medieval water meadows


A post medieval water meadow system is visible as earthworks and vegetation marks on aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2233 3589
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

March 2004, Norfolk NMP
The ditches, and perhaps some of the banks, of a post-medieval water meadow are visible as earthworks and/or vegetation marks on vertical aerial photographs from 1946 (S1-2), centred at TG 2233 3588. They have been mapped from the 1946 photographs, but are also partially visible on later aerial photographs (S3-4). The lie on the west side of Hagon Beck, a tributary of Blackwater Beck and ultimately the River Bure. Like most floated water meadows, they are probably post-medieval in date, but a number of the drains have continued in use into the 20th century.

A main drain is visible, aligned parallel to Hagon Beck, from TG 2249 3604 to TG 2226 3570, and further ditches parallel to this may also have acted as the principal drains. Minor drains, forming a classic herring-bone pattern in places, are visible on each side of these. Closely spaced ditches at right angles to the main drains are also probably minor drains. Areas where parallel drains of different alignments appear to overlie each other (e.g. at TG 2247 3594) may indicate that the system was reorganised at some point during its history.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 10 March 2004

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 3479-80 16-APR-1946 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 4436-7 16-APR-1946 (NMR).
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1968. OS/68083 049-50 25-APR-1968 (NMR).
<S4>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1988. OS/88097 059-60 15-MAY-1988 (NMR).

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