Record Details

NHER Number:31522
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bronze Age disc barrow on Litcham Common


A surviving Bronze Age disc barrow on Litcham Common. It is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. In 1995 the ditch was about 0.3m deep, with the inner bank about 0.3m tall and the uneven mound about 0.2m high.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8894 1708
Map Sheet:TF81NE

Full description

1995. Circular earthwork noted on RAF air photograph.
D. Voisey (NLA).

September 1995. On Litcham Common, 50m from southeast boundary bank. 250m southwest of Bridge Farm.
Circular ditch about 32.5m diameter to inner lip of 2 to 3m wide ditch which is about 0.3m deep. Slight (0.3m high) inner bank is noted for up to 5m on north flank and also on southeast. The northeast segment is shallower and less distinct nearest the path.
Uneven interior has slight (0.2m) uneven rise near to centre, but not totally convincing as mound remnant.
B. Cushion/D.Voisey (NLA), 14 September 1995.

September 1995. Site visit with Raz Woolacott of Norfolk County Council Conservation Team to discuss short term management.
He is in the process of scrub and birch clearance in the vicinity and intends to strip the top layer of organic material to encourage regeneration of heather.
They have agreed to leave a 5m surrounding belt of land, as well as the central ring undisturbed except for birch and scrub clearance.
B. Cushion (NLA), September 1995.

Area of grid reference visited on several occasions by E. Rose (NLA) including when clearance taking place; could see no sign of earthworks as described. Is the location correct?
E. Rose (NLA), 1 December 1997.

19 July 1996. NLA air photography.
The slight circular earthwork visible amongst scrub vegetation, almost encroached by trees.
S. Massey (NLA), 26 May 2001.

February 2004. Site scheduled.
Scheduling Description:
The monument includes the remains of a disc barrow located on fairly flat ground on Litcham Common, 250m south west of Bridge Farm, and situated on former heathland in the Good Sands upland region of north west Norfolk.
The barrow is visible as a circular, flat platform, measuring about 30m in diameter, encircled by a ditch. A slightly raised sub-circular mound, approximately 3m in diameter and standing up to 0.15m in height, is situated slightly off-centre on the platform. The partly infilled ditch is marked by a hollow 3m in width and up to 0.2m deep with an inner bank, standing up to 0.10m high, visible alongside the northern portion of the ditch for a distance of 7m.
The telegraph pole is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.
Information from (S1) and (S2).

October 2004.
Site under bracken, bramble and birch trees, making identification difficult. Work is being undertaken by the Litcham Common Management Committee under the guidance of Norfolk County Council Countryside Section. This will include strimming of bracken and bramble, and possibly felling of birch when perimeter of barrow is visible. Care will be taken during any operations to avoid damaging the site.
H. Paterson (A&E), 12 November 2004.3

Monument Types

  • CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • DISC BARROW (Early Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 1501 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: RAF. RAF 1946 TF 8817.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF8817/S - T.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF582.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. 1994? -2011?. English Heritage Digital Designation Record. Record. DNF582.

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