Monument record STN 095 - Undated mound, possibly a post medieval garden feature

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Summary

A circular mound with a hollow centre, of unknown date and function, is visible as an earthwork on imagery from lidar surveys, the most recent flown in 2015, and has been identified on the ground. Two further mounds are also visible (STN 096, STN 150). All three could feasibly represent post medieval garden features, associated with Downham Hall (STN 017). Their interpretation as Second World War military features, such as gun emplacements, is also plausible.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 8136 8771 (21m by 20m)
Map sheet TL88NW
Civil Parish SANTON DOWNHAM, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Larger of two circular mound earthworks (also STN 096) with hollow centres in small area of woodland south of Mark Lane. This (not STN 096!) showing on LIDAR 2m resolution image (S1).
10 October 2013: visited - under mature (beech?) broadleaves growing on top of the circular bank/mound of about 30m diameter and about 1m high. Central hollow circa 10m diameter (S2).
Possibly garden features associated with Downham Hall (STN 017).

July 2017. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
The circular mound with a hollow centre described above, is visible as an earthwork on imagery from lidar survey flown in 2015 (S3). Two further mounds are also visible (STN 096, STN 150). All three could feasibly represent post medieval garden features, associated with Downham Hall (STN 017), as suggested above. Their interpretation as Second World War military features, such as gun emplacements, is also plausible.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 19th July 2017.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Digital archive: Environment Agency. c1999-2012. LIDAR jpg images (EA).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Site Report. Pendleton C (SCCAS), notated map (in parish file), 10 October 2013.
  • <S3> LIDAR Airborne Survey: LIDAR airborne survey. LIDAR Santon Forest Research 0.5m DTM 15-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial).

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Mar 4 2019 1:23PM

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