Monument record LCS 144 - Causeway

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The earthworks of a causeway linking the ‘island’ on which Leiston Chapel and Abbey (LCS 002) remains stand and the dry land are visible on the ground and on aerial photographs.


Grid reference Centred TM 46759 66006 (571m by 71m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Low bank or causeway, ditched on both sides linking the ‘island’ on which the chapel and abbey remains stand and the dry land. Possibly medieval in date (S1).

January 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty National Mapping Programme.
The earthworks relating to this causeway of probable medieval date are visible on aerial photographs (S2-S3). It is not immediately apparent from the aerial photographs whether the ‘bank’ consists of all of the land defined by the two outer ditches/drains, partly due to the presence of modern tracks running along it and the inherent height difference with the drainage channels on the aerial photographs. Within this causeway defined by the drains are two clearly raised strips and these have been mapped as banks, although it is possible that these are actually raised areas on top of a broader lower bank – as defined by the outer drains.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 02nd January 2015.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Historic landscape survey - Farm environment plan, Historic environment statement. Fletcher W (SCCAS) 2006.
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/58/1674 F21 0207-0208 04-MAR-1955 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. MAL/75039 V 046-047 07-JUN-1975 (EHA Original Print).

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Record last edited

May 19 2021 7:41PM

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