Record Details

NHER Number:20624
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of medieval settlement and multi-period finds


This was the site of a small common edge settlement during the medieval period. A house is recorded on the site in a document dating to about 1550, which was owned by a man named Thomas Toly, who was hung in Norwich in 1555 or 1556. Field walking has recovered prehistoric flints, pieces of lava querns of unknown date, and fragments of pottery dating from the Late Saxon to the post medieval periods.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8946 1374
Map Sheet:TF81SE

Full description

1978 and 1982. Field walking. Field Ordnance Survey Great Fransham 168. Varying conditions.
Very large quantities of medieval sherds including early medieval and Grimston.
Late Saxon including Thetford type and Grimston Thetford.
Post medieval including Staffs combed ware.
Flint tools; lava fragments etc.
See (S1).
Identified by A. Rogerson (NAU)
E. Rose (NAU) 5 September 1984.

1993. Field walking.
Casual find of 3 sherds (Late Saxon/Medieval) on east edge (context 3).
A. Rogerson (NLA), November 1993.

This site is recorded as Med 15 in (S2). The site is recorded as having an empty messuage and a croft in about 1550, when it was held by a man named Thomas Toly, who was hung in Norwich in 1555/6.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 15 December 2005

Monument Types

  • SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • QUERN (Unknown date)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fransham Survey. G168. AJGR.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fransham Field Walking Boxfile.
<S2>Thesis: Rogerson, A.. 1995. Fransham: an archaeological and historical study of a parish on the Norfolk boulder clay.

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