Record Details

NHER Number:6904
Type of record:Monument
Name:Ring ditch


A cropmark of a ring ditch, probably a Bronze Age round barrow, and an attached incomplete enclosure are visible on aerial photographs.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3442 3358
Map Sheet:TG33SW

Full description

"There is a barrow, I believe an unexplored one, within a furlong of the abbey (Bromholm priory) which I believe I could obtain permission to open".
Letter from Spurdens of North Walsham in (S1).

(S4) (1836) has the word "tumulus" written across the area of Watch House Lane and the area to west, but apparently without the barrow itself being marked!
E. Rose (NAU).

In fact close scrutiny of the map seems to suggest the grid reference above is meant; it is an area marked as Mill Hill, now under housing.
The modern map puts Mill Hill slightly further east.
E. Rose (NAU).

No trace found by A. J. Lawson (NAU) June 1978.

NAU air photography shows the site of this barrow as a ring ditch with possible south annexe, in playing field.
E. Rose, (NAU) 17 May 1993.

December 2004. Norfolk NMP.
A cropmark of a ring ditch, probably a Bronze Age round barrow, and an attached incomplete enclosure is visible on aerial photographs (S2-3). The grid reference for this ring ditch has been adjusted from TG 3442 3358 to TG 3443 3359. The ring ditch is sub circular in plan with a maximum external diameter of 15.5m. The ditch is less than 1m wide resulting in an internal diameter of 14.5m. A curved L-shaped ditch appears to be attached to the southern side of this ring ditch. It is possible that this represents an incomplete contemporary enclosure attached to the ring ditch. A second, slightly smaller ring ditch cropmark is located 250m to the southeast (NHER 27253).
J. Albone (NMP), 22 December 2004

Monument Types

  • ANNEXE ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • ANNEXE ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • CURVILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 33 SW 42; TG 33 SW 44.
---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 - Bronze Age. Bacton.
<S1>Publication: 1834. Woodward Correspondence. p.59.
<S2>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1986. NHER TG 3433AR-AS (NLA 184/DCU29-30) 29-JUL-1986.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: Environment Agency. 2002. EA 040 AF/02C/339 6973-4 22-JUL-2002 (EA).
<S4>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..

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