Record Details

NHER Number:6161
Type of record:Monument
Name:Late Saxon or medieval undercroft


In 1946 the flint foundations of a building were located here. Partial excavations subsequently identified the remains of a vaulted undercroft structure of probable 13th century date. Only a limited number of finds were recovered and these comprised fragments of post medieval tile and pottery.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 0405 4363
Map Sheet:TG04SW

Full description

Flint foundations of building located 1946 passage or drain at north end (see below). Numerous Nuremburg tokens in this and adjoining field to southwest.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

A vaulted undercroft structure built of flints and mortar (no brick or tiles), partially excavated by local amateurs in copse close to Blakeney - Cley coast road.

Visited by P. Wade-Martins (NAU) November 1975 and subsequently photographed by Hallam Ashley January 1976.
It is divided into a series of compartments, and along the west wall is a series of niches, flat topped, rounded and triangular. Possibly of Late Saxon or early medieval date. It is hoped to plan the structure in the spring when their
digging is resumed.
P. Wade-Martins (NAU).

Finds were few, but fragments of tile and pottery appear to be post medieval.
Tithe Map of 1842 shows no structure, but it is named 'House Close'.
Ordnance Survey Records.
R. J. Rickett (NAU) 29 May 1990.

Location of this part of structure more accurately fixed (see file) and planned by A. Rogerson (NAU) and B. S. Ayers (NAU) 1986; latter suggested 13th century date.
See file and hanging plans.
E. Rose (NAU) 15 September 1986.

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Undated)
  • UNDERCROFT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • UNDERCROFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • TOKEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Serial: 1975. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1975. No 22. p 14.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 04 SW 6.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Wiveton.

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