Record Details

NHER Number:7085
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval wells


In 1947 two wells were exposed in a cliff face following erosion. One was medieval and timber framed, the other was lined with flints and bricks. In 1948 the timber lined example was excavated and 13th century pottery sherds were recovered.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3679 3250
Map Sheet:TG33SE

Full description

Square timber framed well exposed in cliffs north of Ostend House by erosion.

Partial excavation.

August 1948.
Complete excavation.
Contained broken 13th century pitchers and a few sherds of glazed ware.
See (S1) (photograph of well before final dig).
See (S2) (photograph of two pots being restored)
See (S3).
Copy of NRC report (S4) in file.
R. R. Clarke (NCM).

Also a flint well nearby with handmade brick at 3.6m (12ft deep) and organic material.
E. Rose (NAU).

Monument Types

  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WORKED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Photograph: 1948. General view of timber frames and well shaft.
---Article in Serial: Larwood, G. P. 1951. A Medieval Timber-Framed Well at Happisburgh. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXX pp 226-231.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Happisburgh.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Norfolk News. 1948. [Photograph of well]. 27 August.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1949. [Photograph of pitcher being restored]. 2 April.
<S3>Serial: 1949. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 1 (for 1948).

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