Monument record FML 004 - Bird's Meadow, Gipsy's Lane (PMed)

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House site, including building debris, C17 pottery and pieces re-used C15 masonry, including tomb fragments.


Grid reference Centred TM 2729 6537 (51m by 50m)
Map sheet TM26NE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

1964: excavation led by Tony Moore of Framlingham discovered house site, including building debris, C17 pottery and pieces re-used C15 masonry, including tomb fragments, including a knight's knee. Building circa 40 feet x 20 feet (S1). Details in (R1).
2008: further excavation (and documentary research) by Mel Birch and the Suffolk Deserted Medieval Settlements Field team confirmed date in late 17th or early 18th century for construction of the small (circa 12 by 6 metres) residential building which was probably demolished in the late 18th century. The carved Medieval stonework would appear to have been re-used as building material in [parts of this structure and did not appear to relate to Medieval occupation on the site. Details in (S3).
Possible connection with Bigod (& Howard?) family tomb movements/reconstructions between Thetford Priory and Framlingham church (see FML 009) - see (S2).
Also see Med.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card 964-96, 1964.
  • <R1> Excavation archive: Excavation Report. Moore A,"'The Birds Meadow Archaeol' Exc' ...", J of Fram' & Dist Loc Hist & Pres Soc, 10, 5-15,2008.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Sites & Monuments File - 30.18.4. Ridgard J & Carr RD, Doc search, notes and photographs etc, 2003, 2004.
  • <S3> Excavation archive: Excavation Report. Suffolk Deserted Medieval Settlement Field Team, Rep' on the exc' at Birds Meadow, Framlingham, 2009.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Oct 22 2009 1:58PM

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