Record Details

NHER Number:13114
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Bronze Age barrow and post medieval gibbet


A gibbet is marked here on Faden's map of Norfolk first published in 1797. An earlier map made in 1607 shows a mound marked as The High Doule (boundary mark) in this area. This suggests the gibbet may have stood on a Bronze Age barrow.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 753 919
Map Sheet:TL79SE

Full description

Site of gibbet as marked on (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 1980.

(S2) shows a mound marked as The High Doule (doule = boundary mark) approximately this area. If (S1) is confusing gibbets and gallows, as seems probable as gibbets were temporary structures, it may well have stood on a barrow. Note also barrow NHER 4992 but this is much further south.
Information from J. Wymer (NAU) and R. Silvester (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU), 25 January 1989.

January 2020. Breckland National Mapping Programme.
No evidence of the conjectured mound described above was identified at this location on the consulted sources.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 22nd January 2020.

January-May 2015. Watching Brief.
Monitoring of various groundworks at Denton Lodge Water Treatment Works.
Although some of these works coincided with the suggested location of the gibbet, no associated remains were recorded. Whilst it is possible that any associated remains had been damaged or destroyed by modern activity, a review of the cartographic evidence suggests that the gibbet at least probably lay beyond the bounds of the water treatment works.
See report (S1) and NHER 64667 for further details.
P. Watkins (HES), 12 March 2021.

Monument Types

  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • BOUNDARY MARKER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GALLOWS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GIBBET (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Contractor Report: Hickling, S. 2015. Denton Lodge Water Treatment Works, Methwold, Norfolk, IP26 4DT. Archaeological monitoring. NPS Archaeology. 2015/1274.
---Article in Serial: Whyte, N.. 2003. The Deviant Dead in the Norfolk Landscape.. Landscapes. Vol 4, No 1. pp 24-39.
---Article in Serial: Whyte, N.. 2003. The after-life of barrows; prehistoric monuments in the Norfolk landscape.. Landscape History. Vol 25, pp 5-17. pp 5-16.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Map: 1607. Map of Methwold.

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