Monument record STN 188 - Possible boundary of Santon Downham Warren

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An alignment of boundary banks, visible as earthworks on imagery from a 2015 lidar survey and partially depicted on a late 19th century Ordnance Survey map, may be the southwestern boundary, or an internal subdivision, of Santon Downham Warren.


Grid reference Centred TL 8339 8617 (1245m by 969m)
Map sheet TL88NW


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Full Description

February 2018. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
An alignment of boundary banks is visible as earthworks on imagery from a 2015 lidar survey (S1). The banks (and occasional ditches) are also partially depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map (S2). The alignment corresponds with the southwestern boundary of Santon Downham rabbit warren, as outlined by the Breckland Society warrens survey (S3). However, a later survey (S4) suggests that the warren was more extensive, in which case the banks may represent an internal subdivision. As the lidar survey was flown relatively recently, it is likely that the earthworks still survive.
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 21st February 2018.

2010 The Breckland Society survey The Warrens of Breckland identified a comparitavely small warren. Its boundary banks are clearly visible and there is a complex series of parallel banks which may be trapping banks (S3)(S4).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> LIDAR Airborne Survey: LIDAR airborne survey. LIDAR Santon Forest Research 0.5m DTM 15-JUL-2015 (BNG Project, FC England, Fugro Geospatial).
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Map. Ordnance Survey 1st edition 6 inch map.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: The Breckland Society. 2010. The Warrens of Breckland: A Survey by The Breckland Society. p30.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: The Breckland Society. 2017. The Internal Archaeology of the Breckland Warrens. p.20.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Mason, A.. 2009. The Archaeology of the Warrens of Thetford Forest.

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Record last edited

Mar 4 2019 11:18AM

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