Monument record ASY 010 - Ashby Green

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Summary

Building stone and rubble on site of former common surrounding church & adjoining green. Cropmarks have been recorded at this location under LUD 016 and have been interpreted as part of a much larger site as representing settlement and fields of Roman and/or medieval date. A possible rectangular parchmark located at TM 4902 9896 has been recorded under SOL 057 could feasibly indicate the site of a building and could be the source of the building stone referred to having been found on this site previously. However it is located within an area of darker ground or deeper soil that could relate to an area of quarrying/clay extraction or similar ground disturbance.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 4911 9899 (377m by 362m)
Map sheet TM49NE
Civil Parish SOMERLEYTON, ASHBY AND HERRINGFLEET, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Claimed as lost village by Beresford in 1954 (R1). Not verified.
Common enclosed by John Wentworth in 1599 (S2, R1)(S1).
No traces of desertion are to be found in the area of the given siting which lies within freshly ploughed land (1978). A farm worker at Ashby Hall Farm stated that had been ploughed up in the field surrounding the church (CRN 01774) (S2).
NGR cited by (S1 & R1?) located to W of church probably should be to E of church - amended in HER accordingly. Just to E is Ashby Green, which is probably part of the same site. Area marked as Ashby Green on OS 1st edition map of 1884 to east of Ashby church. Includes several old gravel pits at the southern end and two large ponds (?old clay pits) at the northern end. Possibly the common enclosed by Wentworth in 1599 (see above ASY 001). Green may have included the triangular strip north of the church shown on the 1884 map (S3). Mapped in HER to include whole area surrounding church including triangular strip and green.
Note: includes area of Med pottery finds listed under ASY Misc (CRN 13684).
Formerly recorded in HER (in duplicate with the curch) as ASY 001 - changed to ASY 010 January 2007.

July 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
Cropmarks have been recorded at this location under LUD 016 and have been interpreted as part of a much larger site as representing settlement and fields of Roman and/or medieval date. The features recorded within this part of the site could feasibly relate to a former medieval settlement, although the 1652 Estate Map of Somerleyton (S4) would indicate that much of this site is under woodland during the this period and that some of the cropmarks relate to woodland boundaries.
A possible rectangular parchmark located at TM 4902 9896 has been recorded under SOL 057 could feasibly indicate the site of a building and could be the source of the building stone referred to having been found on this site previously. However it is located within an area of darker ground or deeper soil that could relate to an area of quarrying/clay extraction or similar ground disturbance.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 11th July 2014.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <R1> (No record type): Beresford, Lost villages of England, 1954, 386.
  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, AP, AGN 19 20, 4 August 1977.
  • <M1> Photograph: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Air Photograph. APs: AGN 19 & 20 4/8/1977.
  • <S2> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM49NE7, 1978.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Site Report. Martin E (SCCAS), report for MAFF (?).
  • <S4> Map: 1652. 1652 Estate Map of Somerleyton.
  • <S5> Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. CUCAP BYC3 24-JUN-1976.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 13 2014 11:07AM

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