Record Details

NHER Number:3570
Type of record:Monument
Name:Reed Hall


This is the site of a large moated house called Reed Hall in 1724. Foundations have been found here and 15th to 16th century pottery, animal bones and a medieval quern stone have also been recovered. Metal detecting on the site has found a lead ampulla, probably from the shrine at Walsingham. The earthworks of the house have been seen on aerial photographs.


  • Late Saxon harness fitting from NHER 3570  © Norfolk County Council


Grid Reference:TF 7200 2403
Map Sheet:TF72SW

Full description

1964. Site of large house?
Foundations found. (On NCM map this is called 'Moated', but word is crossed out on card).
15th - 16th century sherds, stone mortar, Mayan lava, animal bones. Referred to as Reed Hall in 1734.
Material not checked.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

1968-9. Stray Find, Spring Field.
Various objects found by [1], at least some of which are how held by the King's Lynn Museum:
1 Mesolithic flint core (KILLM : 1968.88).
1 undatable late prehistoric (or possibly later?) pottery sherd (handmade, wavy rim).
1 boar's tusk (KILLM : 1968.88.2).
It is suggested on (S3) that a spindle whorl was also recovered at this site. This is probably a ?medieval stone spindle whorl held by the KLM (KILLM : 1969.108). The museum's records suggest this was found in another field (Church Hill).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 9 December 2013.

?1975. Metal-detecting.
Medieval lead ampulla, one side has cockle shell, other a lily pot above R for founder Richelde. See drawing (S1). Probably Walsingham - cf (S2).
Identified by S. Margeson (NCM), 29 July 1980. Compiled by W. Milligan (NCM), 29 July 1980.
Information from (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 7 June 2018.

5 August 1979. NAU Air Photography.
Earthworks. Miscellaneous earthworks.
D. A. Edwards (NAU), 19 March 1981.

Moated site of Reed Hall see above.
E. Rose (NAU), 16 June 1981.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • FINDSPOT (Early Neolithic to Late Saxon - 4000 BC to 1065 AD?)
  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GREAT HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • POT (Unknown date)
  • BLADE CORE (Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • POT (Early Neolithic to Late Saxon - 4000 BC to 1065 AD?)
  • AMPULLA (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MORTAR (VESSEL) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PILGRIM BADGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • QUERN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF 7123 S-T.
---Serial: 1968. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1968. No 15. p 5.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 SW 28.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Post-Medieval. Congham.
<S1>Illustration: [Norwich Castle Museum staff]. 1975. Drawing of a medieval lead ampulla. Paper. 1:1.
<S2>Publication: Spencer, B. 1980. Medieval Pilgrim Badges in Norfolk. No 39.
<S3>Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.

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