Record Details

NHER Number:44897
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval trackway with possibly late prehistoric origins north of Heath Road

Summary

A trackway of post medieval date is visible as a cropmark and soilmark on aerial photographs. For most of its length it is depicted on Rollesby Enclosure Map of 1816. While the cartographic evidence indicates a post medieval date for the trackway, however, its origins may lie in a much earlier period. It is aligned with trackways of probably later prehistoric date to its southwest (NHER 44898) and northeast (part of NHER 32062), all of which may have formed a single, long-distance track and/or boundary. As well as their similar character and alignment, all three sections of trackway appear to both be sited on and to respect several ring ditches of probable Bronze Age date; in the case of the trackway described here, the barrows are recorded as NHER 40655.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 4401 1604
Map Sheet:TG41NW
Parish:ROLLESBY, GREAT YARMOUTH, NORFOLK

Full description

July 2006. Norfolk NMP.
Part of the trackway described below was previously recorded as part of NHER 40655.

A trackway is visible as a cropmark and soilmark on aerial photographs (S1)-(S3), between TG 4413 1624 and TG 4387 1585. As most of the trackway (from TG 4405 1611 to TG 4387 1585) is depicted on Rollesby Enclosure Map (S4), it was clearly in use during the post medieval period. The archaeological origin of the northern segment of the track (visible from TG 4413 1624 to TG 4407 1616) is more dubious, but it could correspond to the track marked on Faden’s Map of Norfolk (S5). While the cartographic evidence indicates that the trackway was in use in the post medieval period, its alignment with trackways of possibly later prehistoric date to its southwest (NHER 44898) and northeast (NHER 32062) suggests that it could have much earlier origins. All these lengths of trackway, which perhaps once joined to each other, pass close to one or more ring ditches; in the case of the track described here, two ring ditches located 5m to the northwest and recorded as NHER 40655. The trackways appear to both be sited on and to respect the ring ditches, all of which probably represent Bronze Age funerary monuments.

A number of other undated cropmarks have been mapped in the area surrounding the trackway and are recorded as NHER 44900. Some of these may be contemporary with one or more of the trackway’s phases of use.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 31 July 2006.

Monument Types

  • TRACKWAY (Middle Bronze Age to Roman - 1600 BC? to 409 AD?)
  • TRACKWAY (Iron Age - 800 BC? to 42 AD?)
  • TRACKWAY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 1024-5 09-JUL-1946 (NHER TG 4316B, TG 4416A).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72056 052-3 24-MAR-1972.
<S3>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Page, M.. 2003. NHER TG 4416A (PAGE) 25-AUG-2003.
<S4>Map: Glegg, J.. 1816. Rollesby Enclosure Map. 1 inch: 6 chains.
<S5>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.

Related records

44898Related to: Site of part of a possibly later prehistoric trackway northwest of Lodge Farm (Monument)
32062Related to: Trackway and and field system of probable later prehistoric date south of Repps Road (Monument)

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