Record Details

NHER Number:4792
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Slevesholm Priory Cell of SS Mary and Giles


This Alien Cluniac cell was founded around 1140. It became a proper cell between 1351 and 1374. It was dissolved in 1537. Cropmarks of a trackway leading to the cell and enclosures can be seen on an aerial photograph. Oyster shell, pieces of medieval pot, human skeletons and a reused stone block have been found. Fieldwalking as part of the Fenland Survey recovered Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age worked flints.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 7019 9610
Map Sheet:TL79NW

Full description

Context 2 at 7028 9600.
Founded around 1140 as Alien Cluniac cell; became proper cell 1351 to 1374.
Dissolved 1537.
See (S1).

January 1976.
Radiating trenches dug by JCB. At depth of 90cm (3 feet) bone, oyster shell and medieval sherds. To northeast human skeletons and reused stone block.
A. Gregory (NAU).

11 April 1987.
Spread of medieval pottery over area around 30m x 20m, few shells and occasional bone fragment are only indications of site. However ground does rise up in slight crest in this corner of field, pottery spread lying around south and west sides of this sandy loam, much gravel. Fenland fieldwalking also over remainder of island. Ploughed, rolled and weathered - no crop.
Context 1 general scatter.
Odd flints particularly along central ridge, also one small group but not concentration above hollow at 7022 9597.
Pot boilers generally noted but usually very sparse.
The flints are Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age - F Healy (NAU).

Context 3 at 7016 9597.
Sparse concentration pot boilers and few flints on gentle slope above peat. Sandy loam much gravel. Maximum 29m east to west x 14m north to south at 3.1m OD.
R. Silvester (NAU), 11 April 1987.

12 July 1989. NAU air photography.
Trackway and enclosures over island; trackway appears to approach cell from west.
D. Edwards (NAU).


Monument Types

  • ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • TRACKWAY (Unknown date)
  • CELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • POT BOILER (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Iron Age - 500000 BC to 42 AD)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL 7096 A-G.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MTW 123. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MTW 124. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. MTW DM. FENS.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 79 NW 18; TL 79 NW 19 [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
---Publication: Knowles, D. and Hadcock, R. N. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales. pp 98, 102.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Methwold.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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