Monument record GED 032 - Possible Medieval or Post Medieval relict sea bank or causeway, visible on aerial photographs of Gedgrave Marshes.

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A relict sea bank and/or causeway of possible medieval or post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs of Gedgrave Marshes, Gedgrave parish


Grid reference Centred TM 39580 47508 (39m by 276m)
Map sheet TM34NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

A relict sea bank or causeway of possible medieval or post-medieval date is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs on Gedgrave Marshes, Gedgrave parish, centred on circa TM39574750. The bank is on average 10 metres wide and runs for approximately 280 metres from circa TM39574764 where the land begins to rise, to circa TM39594736 where it is separated from the existing sea wall (see GED 039) by the cut of a later drainage ditch. The bank is marked on both the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps, confirming at least a Post-Medieval date for it's construction. However, the fact that it was obviously superseded in its flood defence role by an extension of the main sea bank to the west by 1884 suggests that this bank was part of an earlier phase of land reclamation. This is one of a number of possible relict banks or causeways that cross Gedgrave marsh in this area that may represent activity related much earlier, possible late medieval, phases of land reclamation (see GED 030-032). (S1-S3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US 7PH/LOC132 5016-7 30-DEC-1943.
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1904.

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Record last edited

Jul 26 2013 9:24AM

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