Record Details

NHER Number:38326
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible Saxon to medieval iron working site


An area of pit remains were visible on RAF aerial photographs of this area that were taken in 1946. These probably related to iron working taking place on the site, although tree cover partially obscures the view of this site. The date at which iron working occurred here is uncertain but similar nearby sites seem be Late-Saxon to medieval in date. Noted during a rapid identification survey as two distinct areas.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 18450 41414
Map Sheet:TG14SE

Full description

September 2004. Norfolk NMP.
An area of pit remains relating to the iron working taking place on the site can just be seen on RAF aerial photographs from 1946 (S1). These are located to the east of 'Roman Camp' and area centred on TG1851 4140. The area has some tree cover, which in part obscures much of the site. Due to this, the area has been plotted as an extent of area only (no individual pits were clear enough to map on their own). It is also possible that the area of iron working extends beyond the bounds of that plotted, but this could not be determined due to the tree cover. The date of much of the site is uncertain, however, similar nearby sites seem to be Late-Saxon to medieval in date, which therefore seems likely.
The whole site is centred on TG1845 4141, as it also includes the probable Late-Saxon/medieval iron working pits previously excavated in 1964 (see Tylecote 1967 (S2)) and located to the west side of 'Roman Camp' (not visible on the aerial photographs).
This site was previously recorded under NHER 6387 (along with 'Roman Camp').
H. Clare (NMP) 19 September 2004.

June 2012. Earthwork Rapid Identification Survey.
Earthworks still extant as described in 1986 survey. In two distinct groups.
See report (S3) for further details.
K. Powell (HES), 6 July 2012.

Monument Types

  • IRON WORKING SITE (Late Saxon to Medieval - 851 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 14 SE 7 [11].
<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1430 4168-9 16-APR-1946 (NMR/Norfolk SMR TG14/TG1841/C).
<S2>Article in Serial: Tylecote, R. 1967. The Bloomery site at West Runton. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXIV Pt II pp 187-214.
<S3>Unpublished Contractor Report: Cushion, B. 2012. West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath. Archaeological Earthwork Rapid Identification Survey. Brian Cushion Archaeological & Cartographical Surveyor.

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