Record Details

NHER Number:4708
Type of record:Monument
Name:Panworth deserted medieval settlement


This is the site of the deserted medieval settlement of Panworth, mentioned in the Domesday Book, but which does not appear on a map of 1581. The earthworks of the former manor, moat and houses are visible on the ground. Part of the moat appears to have been made out of the Panworth Ditch (NHER 1082).

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 8968 0479
Map Sheet:TF80SE

Full description

Site of. In Domesday Book, but not on map of 1581. Hall stood at grid ref (4708/context 1) not all area scheduled. Moat fragment is just a pond now, but contracts at its centre to pass under ruins of brick bridge of 17th or 18th century date. Scheduled area earthworks are excellent, some up to 1m high, and including clear house-squares. Stream divides these from other features to east that resemble pits or hollows.
E. Rose (NAU) 20 April 1978.

Moat seems to have been made from ditch of Panworth Ditch. See (S1), (S2), (S3) and (S4)
E. Rose (NAU)

Map of 1581 (copy NLA) shows site of hall as "Scite of Mannor" with an "asheyard" to west, and the bridge apparently depicted as crossing a moat on the north. To the southeast is a "dovehowse" and to the west a cottage marked as tenement.
See [1] for original text.
E.Rose (NLA) 30 November 1994, updated D. Robertson (HES), 8 October 2013.

Copy of Ancient Monument details in file.

Monument Types

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DITCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • DOVECOTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE PLATFORM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MANOR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOAT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BRIDGE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8904 A, = RAF V3GTUGUK52 5208, TF8904 B-J,K-L,S,T.
---Designation: [unknown]. Ancient Monuments Form. SAM Record. DNF395.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1995. TF8904/U,V.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 80 SE 2.
---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. Ashill.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Designation: Department Of The Environment. 1882-1984?. Department of the Environment Scheduling Notification. Notification. DNF395.
<S1>Article in Serial: Reid, A. and Wade-Martins, P. 1980. A Re-examination of the Panworth Ditch, Ashill. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXVII Pt III pp 307-312.
<S2>Publication: Sherlock, D.. 1974. AM7.
<S3>Designation: Corbishley, M.. 1983. AM107.
<S4>Monograph: Cushion, B. and Davison, A. 2003. Earthworks of Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 104. p 120.

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