Monument record BUT 044 - Post Medieval rectangular pits, visible as earthworks in the saltmarsh of the Butley River.

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Rectangular pits of probable Post Medieval or modern date are visible as earthworks in the saltmarsh on the west bank of the Butley River, Butley parish


Grid reference Centred TM 39196 50025 (146m by 163m)
Map sheet TM35SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A series of small rectangular pits are visible as earthworks cut into the saltmarsh on the west bank of the Butley River, at circa TM39205002, Butley parish. The pits are on average 4 x 2m in size, and do not appear to be inter-connected or to be linked to a water source. On 1945 photography they appear to be relatively well defined, suggesting that they are modern in date, but it is not possible to be sure and some may date to the Post-Medieval period. Post 1945, the number of pits increases, suggesting that their function may relate to maintenance of the sea banks rather than food production.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3127-8 23-SEP-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1674 0100-1 04-MAR-1955.
  • <S3> Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. NMR MAL/65094 206-7 03-NOV-1965.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 089-90 24-MAR-1972.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 24 2013 12:00PM

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