Record Details

NHER Number:42410
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible undated saltern mound in Halvergate marshes


A possible saltern mound of unknown date is visible as an earthwork (now levelled) and soilmark on aerial photographs. It is plausible that it dates to the medieval period and represents the waste from salt production using the sand-washing technique.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4988 1002
Map Sheet:TG41SE

Full description

January 2006. Norfolk NMP.
A possible saltern mound is visible as an earthwork and soilmark on aerial photographs (S1)-(S3), centred at TG 4989 1003. It is situated along the west side of a curvilinear drain (Pickerill Holme) which may have originated as a natural channel. Given its location in former estuarine marshland (see Faden’s 1797 Map of Norfolk (S4) for example) the site seems most likely to be the remains of a saltern mound, perhaps the product of a medieval salt industry utilising the sand-washing technique. A natural or recent agricultural origin for the mound, however, perhaps as the spoil from dredging the adjacent drain, cannot be entirely ruled out. Further possible salterns lie approximately 220m to the southeast (NHER 42411). The mound was visible as an earthwork in 1955 (S1) but has since been levelled.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 18 January 2006.

Monument Types

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • SALT WORKS (Unknown date)
  • SALTERN (Unknown date)
  • SALT WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • SALTERN (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1955. RAF 58/1674 (F21) 0334-5 04-MAR-1955 (NMR).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1980. CUCAP RC8DJ135-6 23-JAN-1980.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89047 331-2 18-MAR-1989 (NMR).
<S4>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.

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