Monument record MUD 023 - Earthworks and cropmarks associated with Mutford Church and Common

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Summary

An area of earthworks and cropmarks, possibly relating to a medieval enclosure associated with St Andrews Church (MUD 008) and probable common-edge settlement, are visible on aerial photographs. The site is located alongside Mutford Common, as depicted on on Hodskinson’s map of 1783. The cropmarks to the east of the site would appear to relate to a series of enclosures and drainage ditches alongside the common and are likely to relate to encroachment and common-edge settlement alongside the common. The cropmarks mapped to the immediate east (MUD 026) may represent similar sorts of enclosures.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 4867 8849 (430m by 311m)
Map sheet TM48NE
Civil Parish MUTFORD, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (7)

Full Description

July 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
An area of earthworks and cropmarks, possibly relating to a medieval enclosure associated with St Andrews Church (MUD 008) and probable common-edge settlement, are visible on aerial photographs (S1-S4). The site is located alongside Mutford Common, as depicted on on Hodskinson’s map of 1783 (S5). It is worth noting that the Ordnance Survey First Edition map (S6) marks this general vicinity as 'Galilee (in Ruins)'. As indicated by the contour data and the aerial photograph evidence the church is located on a mound, potentially a natural feature, although some augmentation may have taken place. A bank and ditch (defining part of the edge of this higher) ground have been added to the mapping to the west of the church. Running south from the corner of churchyard is a broad bank and double ditch feature may have represented a boundary or perhaps a track or causeway across wetter ground. The cropmarks to the east of the site would appear to relate to a series of enclosures and drainage ditches alongside the common and are likely to relate to encroachment and common-edge settlement alongside the common. The cropmarks mapped to the immediate east (MUD 026) may represent similar sorts of enclosures.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 2nd July 2014.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/540/495 RP 3077-3079 12-MAY-1951 (EHA).
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/70351 V 122-122 20-SEP-1970 (EHA).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/92347 V 029-030 12-JUN-1992 (EHA).
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 21-MAY-2011 ACCESSED 19-JUN-2014.
  • <S5> Cartographic materials: Hodskinson. Hodskinson map, 1783.
  • <S6> Map: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Map. Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 27 2020 5:39PM

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