Record Details

NHER Number:4623
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Bronze Age round barrows, Hilly Plantation


This was the site of three Bronze Age round barrows which have now been destroyed, and the site ploughed. One barrow was still in existence as an earthwork in 1935, and prehistoric flint flakes were found on the mound. This was also the meeting place of Greenhoe Hundred until the 17th century.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8664 0735
Map Sheet:TF80NE

Full description

Three barrows in Hilly Plantation bordering road from Sporle to Fincham, and on verge of steep slope. This was meeting place of Greenhoe Hundred until 17th century, and may have given its name to the hundred. Gradually being destroyed by stone raising.

Part of one left in 1926.
Information from Ordnance Survey.

West half of mound (the most northerly of group) left about 1.8m to 2.1m (6-7ft) high composed of sand. This segment had a chord 21 paces long. No ditch.
R.R. Clarke (NCM) 7 January 1936.

See (S1) and (S2) (3 left gradually being destroyed by quarrying).
See (S3), and see criticism of quarry in (S4).
Hewitt had photo August 1935.

4 September 1935.
The half-tumulus at North Pickenham, probably as you suggest the survivor (northen most?) of three. Here are my notes for what they are worth. On west edge northern most pit of three, small pit to its west. Apparently has low rather of oval plan (sic). Present diameter 27 paces, height say 1.8m (6ft), sides very steep, no traces on mound but several stumps of felled ones. Several flint flakes on mound.
S.S. George.

DoE say destroyed 1953; so descheduled presumably? Site so overgrown as to make positive identification of what can only be vestige of surviving barrow impossible.
A.J. Lawson (NAU) 15 March 1976.

February 1986.
DoE say scheduling was never completed.
(S5) in file.

March 1986.
Confirmed site totally levelled and ploughed.
J. Wymer (NAU).

September 2010.
The reference above to this site "bordering the road from Sporle to Fincham" is clearly erroneous.
D, Gurney (NLA).

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • MOOT (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • FLAKE (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8607 A-D.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. NHER4623.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 80 NE 4 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: 1936. Remains of North Pickenham tumulus. 12 September.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Bronze Age. Pickenham (North).
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Blomefield, F. 1806. The History of The City and County of Norwich, Part I. An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk. Vol III. p 361.
<S2>Article in Serial: Clarke, W. G. 1913. Norfolk Barrows. The Antiquary. Vol XLIX pp 416-423. p 420.
<S3>Publication: Clarke, W. G. 1925. In Breckland Wilds. First Edition. p 186.
<S4>Monograph: Bryant, J.. 1900. Norfolk Churches..
<S5>Unpublished Document: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. Ancient Monuments Record Form.

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