Monument record LKD 025 - Area of Medieval banks and ditches probably relating to medieval settlement

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Summary

A series of banks and ditches most likely relating to medieval settlement remains are seen as earthworks and subsequently as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The banks and ditches most likely relate to a series of boundaries, field boundaries, probable house platforms, enclosures, trackways, possible hollow ways and drainage. It is also possible some of the ditches may relate to natural features. The features can be seen as earthworks in the 1940s and have been levelled by the 1970s. The medieval settlement remains are in close relation to Flempton Church (LKD 024) to the east, an area of possible medieval strip field boundaries to the north west (LKD 097) and a large area of medieval-post medieval banks and ditches to the north east (LKD 099).

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7962 7030 (243m by 433m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE
Civil Parish LACKFORD, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (21)

Full Description

An area of field banks and ditches visible on AP, no house sites identifiable to the W of St Lawrence Church (LKD 024). No trace of earthworks on the ground apart from general slight amorphous disturbance. A light scatter (1 piece per square m) of Med pottery to the immediate W of the church but no concentrations. Slight unsurveyable remains of enclosures visible in field to the S of church, not on AP. Tithe Map 1842 shows a building, now gone, at TL 7971 7031 but does not name any of the fields around the church (S1). 1997: Med sherd found just W of churchyard (S2).

December 2019. Breckland National Mapping Programme.
A series of banks and ditches most likely relating to medieval settlement remains (as described above) are seen as earthworks and subsequently as cropmarks on aerial photographs (S3-S5). The banks and ditches most likely relate to a series of boundaries, field boundaries, house platforms, enclosures, trackways, possible holloways and drainage. It is also possible some of the ditches may relate to natural features. Two possible enclosures can be seen including a roughly square enclosure centred at TL 7955 7017 and a roughly rectangular enclosure with a raised interior at TL 7958 7017. Further to the enclosers a probable house platform has been mapped at TL 7963 70421. An area of possible field boundaries have been recorded in the west of the site centred at TL 7918 7032. Furthermore three sections of embanked holloways can be seen at TL 7933 7029, TL 7956 7008 and TL 7968 7019. From their alignment, the sections of Holloway at TL 7956 7008 and TL 7968 7019, would have most likely been joined and have subsequently been cut by modern houses and gardens. The long thin ditch which runs through the centre of the site (TL 7958 7028) most likely relates to a post medieval drain which can be seen on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (S7). The features can be seen as earthworks in the 1940s (S3-S5) and have been levelled by the 1970s (S5). The medieval settlement remains are in close relation to Flempton Church (LKD 024) to the east, an area of possible medieval strip field boundaries to the north west (LKD 097) and a large area of medieval-post medieval banks and ditches to the north east (LKD 099).
J.Powell (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 6th December 2019.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <R1> (No record type): RAF, AP CPE/UK/1918/4012/Jan 47.
  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL77SE77, 1977.
  • <S2> (No record type): Betson T (ECDS) per SAU (Pendleton C), finds report, May 1997.
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/60 V 5050-5051 05-FEB-1946 (HEA Original Print).
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1918 RS 4012-4013 09-JAN-1947.
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1921 RS 4002-4004 16-JAN-1947 (HEA Original Print).
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. OS/76060 V 173-174 24-MAY-1976 (HEA Original Print).
  • <S7> Map: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Map. First Edition Ordnance Survey Map.
  • <S8> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 GJM 19-SEP-77.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Feb 22 2021 3:42PM

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