Record Details

NHER Number:3501
Type of record:Monument
Name:Little Appleton deserted medieval settlement


This is the site of the deserted medieval settlement of Little Appleton. Medieval house platforms, hollow ways and ridge and furrow are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs and on the ground. The site is shown as a substantial farmstead on an early 17th century estate map, and on an early 18th century map. A Late Bronze Age spearhead has been found on the site during metal detecting. Iron Age, Late Saxon and medieval pottery, as well as medieval tiles have also been found.

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Grid Reference:TF 7102 2704
Map Sheet:TF72NW

Full description

Site of Little Appleton deserted village. Earthworks remain.

17 October 1953.
Rubbish pit with shells found, see (S1).

5 April 1984. Visited by E. Rose and [1].
Earthworks continue across the stream to the north.
Two hollow ways notes, one running east to west, the other north to south.
Medieval sherds and tile from pipe trench.

March 1988. Metal-detecting.
Found at Context 2 [2]:
Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed leaf-shaped spearhead. See drawing (S2).
Identified by E. B. Green (NCM). Information from (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 June 2018.

1995. Earthwork Survey.
Earthwork plan at 1:1000.
Iron Age, Late Saxon and medieval pottery sherds recovered. Identified by A. Rogerson (NLA).
See report (S4) for plan and further details. This site was included in (S5) and the survey is also noted in (S6).
Survey also takes in NHER 16999.
B. Cushion (NLA) October 1995.

See copies of (S7) and (S8) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA) 18 October 2000.

April 2003.
Area scheduled.
M. Horlock (NLA), 14 August 2003.

Monument Types

  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SITE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • SPEAR (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • POT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRICK (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROOF TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF7027A-B; BKS/NCC 5185-6.
---Designation: English Heritage. Scheduling Report.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Flitcham with Appleton.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Collection: Norfolk Historic Environment Record Staff. 1975-[2000]. HER Record Notes. Norfolk Historic Environment Service.
<S1>Map: King's Lynn Museum. KLM 6 inch Record Map.
<S2>Illustration: [Norwich Castle Museum staff]. 1988. Drawings of a Late Bronze Age copper alloy socketed leaf-shaped spearhead. Paper. 1:1.
<S3>Recording Form: Norfolk Museum Service and Norfolk Historic Environment Service Staff. 1974?-2016. Data Transfer Forms. Norfolk County Council.
<S4>Unpublished Report: Cushion, B. 1995. Flitcham SMR 3501 Little Appleton. Earthwork Survey Report.
<S5>Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 114.
<S6>Article in Serial: Gurney, D. (ed.). 1996. Excavations and Surveys in Norfolk 1995. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XLII Pt III pp 397-412. p 401.
<S7>Map: 1617. Map of the Manor of Appleton (part), based on survey of 1595.
<S8>Map: 1728-1744. Map of the Manor of Flitcham.

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