Record Details

NHER Number:29585
Type of record:Monument
Name:Earthworks of possible medieval settlement


A group of eathworks consisting of a moat and enclosures. Possibly the site of a medieval settlement. In 1993, a fragment of an Iron Age terret and some medieval coins were found.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 03 35
Map Sheet:TG03NW

Full description

Moat and enclosures.
Group of earthworks straddling a shallow valley floor. In southwest corner, east of a small wood is an incomplete double enclosure with banks and ditches as boundaries. Toft like but no platforms. Could be house site shown on (S1). Further north a variable width depression crosses the valley floor and could be a road line shown on (S1).
More centrally a 20m plus square enclosure, raised and ditched is cut by the present watercourse. There is a large curving ditched enclosure associated with it to the east, and irregular platforms to the south.
Other possibly contemporary ditches join these features, including one possible former watercourse. At north end a terraced and ditched enclosure in front of existing small farm building.
B.Cushion (NLA) March 1993.

September/October 1993. At [1] - Context 2, north end site.
3 medieval coins. See list in file.
Fragment of bronze Iron Age flat-looped terret, decorated with triangles of red enamel set into both sides. See (S2) in file.
Small cylindrical lead stamp with 'B' on one end, and cross on other; early post medieval to judge from lettering. Possibly a potter's stamp.
Identified by J.Davies and S.Margeson (NCM).
A.Rogerson (NLA) 17 November 1993.

November 1998. Earthwork Survey.
Ssurvey at 1:1000
See report (S3) for plan and further details. This site was included in (S4) and the survey is also noted in (S5).
B. Cushion (NLA) 7 December 1998. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 31 March 2015.

April 2000. Visit.
Whole site under good pasture, grazed by cattle in summer months. One linear channel to north (said by Manager to be modern) has been filled with 'beet soil' to prevent damage to farm machinery.
H. Paterson (A&E) 25 May 2000.

Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOFT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • HARNESS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • STAMP (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: RAF. RAF 3189, TG 03 0335 A.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S3>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1999. Brinton SMR 29585. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S4>Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 22.
<S5>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. and Penn, K. (eds). 1999. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1998. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLIII Pt II pp 369-387. p 370.

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