Monument record COK 001 - The Warbanks; Le Barowe

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The Warbanks.


Grid reference Centred TL 889 536 (429m by 821m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL85SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

The Warbanks. Linear Earthworks.
Section (a): TL 8888 5359-8900 5380 circa 230m long.
Section (b): TL 8902 5308-8923 5357 circa 530m long.
See also Lawshall 004.
1581: Section (b) named Le Barowe (S4).
1843/4: Tithe Map:- Section (a) formed Cockfield/Lawshall parish boundary. Section (b) named as War Bank (wood).
1886: The warbank is considered to be a fragment of a Roman encampment. 'A bronze bust found near it, was lent me by Mr Prigg. I took it to the BM - thought to be late Roman work' (S1).
'Within an encampment known as the Warbank, was found a small bronze bust of a female figure. The hair plaited in 12 twists & fastened on top of head with bow. Also the bronze handle of a knife or mirror with a crowned female head at the end.' (S3)(R4)(R5)(R6).
1906: Description of earthworks (Section (a) had a bank on the E side of the ditch; Section (b) had its bank on the W side of its ditch). Explanations ranged from waterways, cattle ways to military works (S2).
1909: Plan & sections (R1).
15.2.1978: Section (a) is being ploughed but is still just visible. N part of Section (b) shows as a soil mark in a ploughed field, S portion survives as a hedge. S portion of Section (b) forms the Cockfield/Shimpling parish boundary.
1976: Plan & sketch sections by OS (R2).
Warbanks proposed for scheduling in 1978, reiterated 1981 but not taken up.
1998: Whole area of the Warbanks E of A134 (i.e. COK 001) metal detected with negative results (S5).

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <M1> (No record type): AP: AJJ 11.
  • <R1> (No record type): Hill Rev E, The Warbanks at Cockfield, PSIA, 13, 1909, 176-177.
  • <S1> (No record type): Babington Rev C, Materials for a History of Cockfield, PSIA 5, 1886, 210.
  • <S2> (No record type): Redstone V B, Hill Rev E & Holden Dr J S, Summer Excursion 1906, PSIA 12, 235-238.
  • <M2> (No record type): SAM file: letter.
  • <R2> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL85SE8, 1976.
  • <R3> (No record type): SAU, AP AJJ 11.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XCVI, 212.
  • <M3> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volume.
  • <S4> (No record type): Lloyd, V.G.. Lloyd V G, letter to SAU (CP) & documentary research, April 1997.
  • <M4> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S4).
  • <R4> (No record type): J Brit Archaeol Ass 33, 117.
  • <S5> Verbal communication: Metal Detector Survey. Carter B, Green Bungalow, Cockfield, September 1998.
  • <R5> (No record type): Fox G E, Roman Suffolk Archaeol J, 57, 1901, 139.
  • <R6> (No record type): OXFAS, 1927, 568.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 6 2016 11:06AM

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