Record Details

NHER Number:53
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of the Corn Hall, 2-4 Bedford Street


This was the site of the Corn Hall built 1861 and demolished in 1964. During this demolition a large quantity of archaeological material was revealed and recorded. Finds included lots of pottery sherds including wasters, animal bones, kiln furniture and cresset lamps. Features identified comprised a Saxon kiln, a medieval well and numerous undated pits/cesspits.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2300 0863
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

Great quantities of pottery including wasters, burnt clay, animal bones, spindle whorl etc.
?Kiln furniture and cresset lamps. Kiln seen and recorded.
Around 10.4m (34ft) south of Bedford Street and approximatley 10.8m (35ft) west of Little London Street and 2.7m (9ft) from surface to floor of kiln. Many pits and wells.
River Cockey revealed going under Beford Street. No sign of existing River Cockey.
Pottery Late Saxon Thetford Ware. Early medieval green glaze and post medieval 16th century onwards from well infills mostly. Finds held by NCM.
?Cesspit was about 12.2m (40ft) south of Bedford Street and around 4.6m (15ft) from Little London Street. Contained part of an Aardenburg jug and Grimston Ware.
Photographs NCM. Further details in file NCM.
W. Milligan (NCM).

This was the site of the Corn Hall built 1861 and demolished in 1964. The pediment is at Hethersett Priory (NHER 14202) and a capital is in Bridewell Museum.
E. Rose (NLA) 5 February 2001.

Monument Types

  • CESS PIT (Unknown date)
  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • POTTERY KILN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WATERCOURSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CORN EXCHANGE (corn hall, 19th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1861 AD to 1964 AD)

Associated Finds

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • KILN FURNITURE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • KILN WASTE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • LAMP (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 20 NW 250.
---Article in Monograph: Atkin, M. W., Ayers, B. S. and Jennings, S. 1983. Thetford-Type Ware Production in Norwich. Waterfront Excavation and Thetford Ware Production. E. Ang. Arch.. No 17 pp 61-97.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S2>Monograph: Jennings, S. 1981. Eighteen Centuries of Pottery from Norwich. East Anglian Archaeology. No 13. p 247.
<S3>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, D. G. 1966. Medieval Britain in 1964. Medieval Archaeology. p 173.
<S4>Article in Serial: Webster, L. E. and Cherry, J. 1974. Medieval Britain in 1973. Medieval Archaeology. Vol XVIII pp 174-223.
<S5>Article in Serial: Green, B., Dunning, G. C. and Wade-Martins, P. 1969. Some Recent Finds of Imported Medieval Pottery. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIV Pt IV pp 398-405. pp 398-399.

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