Record Details

NHER Number:42177
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of drainage ditches or possible water meadow

Summary

Earthworks of possible post medieval narrow ridge and furrow are visible on aerial photographs. These may date to the period of the Naploeonic Wars (1793-1815) when new areas of land, including on the marshes, were converted to arable as a result of high grain prices.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 47704 09789
Map Sheet:TG40NE
Parish:MAUTBY, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

November 2005. Norfolk NMP.
Earthworks of possible post medieval narrow ridge and furrow are visible on aerial photographs (S1-S2). These earthworks are centred on TG 4771 0979. A group of parallel furrows are present on a roughly northwest to southeast alignment that matches the surrounding field boundaries and drainage ditches. Information from [1] suggests that these are the remains of narrow ridge and furrow. It is possible that they date to the period of the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) when grain prices were high and areas of the marshland were taken into arable cultivation (S3). Alternatively, these channels could be part of a system of drainage ditches.
J. Albone (NMP), 28 November 2005

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • NARROW RIDGE AND FURROW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE
  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 4030-1 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 4708B / TG 4808A).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1951. RAF 540/465 3183-4 20-APR-1951 (NMR).
<S3>Monograph: Williamson, T.. 1997. The Norfolk Broads: A Landscape History.. pp 61-62.

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