Record Details

NHER Number:38557
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of post medieval water meadow


Three closely-spaced, parallel drainage ditches, perhaps the remnants of a post medieval floated water meadow, are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. They are located on low-lying ground, approximately 30m to the south of the now canalised Hagon Beck, a tributary of the River Bure. Areas of floated water meadow have been identified further downstream (NHER 38498), and the alignment of the ditches to Hagon Beck results in a herringbone pattern typical of such features. Alternatively, they might be associated with the medieval moat and medieval to post medieval enclosures immediately to their south and west (NHER 6747), or they could simply be post medieval or modern drainage features.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2227 3665
Map Sheet:TG23NW

Full description

March 2004, Norfolk NMP
Three closely-spaced, parallel ditches are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from 1946 (S1), centred at TG 2227 3666. At the time of the photograph one of the ditches appears to have been in use as a drain. The proximity of the ditches to Hagon Beck, and their alignment in relation to this watercourse, is reminiscent of the herringbone pattern typical of post-medieval floated water meadows. Other water meadows have been recorded in the area (NHER 38498), and the ditches seem more closely spaced than the surrounding drainage features. They could, however, be associated with the medieval to post-medieval enclosures to their south and west (NHER 6747). They are not visible as a group on any subsequent aerial photographs and were presumably levelled some time after 1946.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 31 March 2004

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Unknown date)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 4436-7 16-APR-1946 (NMR).

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