Record Details

NHER Number:1082
Type of record:Monument
Name:Panworth Ditch or Devil's Dyke


A linear earthwork on Ashill Common, of Iron Age, Roman or Early Saxon date. The earthwork is crossed by the line of a Roman road and appears to be associated with a nearby Roman enclosure.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8982 0501
Map Sheet:TF80NE

Full description

Panworth Ditch (Devil's Dyke). Apparent linear earthwork.
Central section remains and is scheduled.
For full details and schedule, see file and (S1).
E.Rose (NAU) 3 April 1981.

August 2005.
Scheduled monument consent granted regarding the taking out of top silts to a depth of 750mm to encourage water flow
See (S2) for further details
H. White (NLA), 23 March 2009

September 2005. Watching brief on the removal of top silt to a depth of 750mm. Operation undertaken to alleviate flooding further up the ditch system.
A possible clay lining to the ditch was observed.
Pond to west excavated to encourage wildlife, under a Stewardship Scheme.
H. Paterson (A&E), 15 September 2005.

It is possible this earthwork is Iron Age.
M. Dennis (NLA), 13 March 2006.

August 2006. Site visit.
Weed clearance required.
H. Paterson (A&E), 4 September 2006.

Monument Types

  • BARROW (Undated)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • DITCH (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Early Saxon - 410 AD to 650 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • Higher Level Stewardship

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8905 A-C,E-H,K-T.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF475.
---Aerial Photograph: OS 73-243-025.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TG4325/A,B,D.
---Unpublished Document: H. Paterson (A&E), MPP. Section 17 Management Agreement.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Archive: Norfolk Monuments Management Project File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Early Saxon. Ashill.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Article in Serial: Reid, A. and Wade-Martins, P. 1980. A Re-examination of the Panworth Ditch, Ashill. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt III pp 307-312. p 307.
<S2>Designation: DCMS. [?]-2016. Scheduled Monument Consent. SAM Consent. DNF475.

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