Medieval Settlement 370m North of Grove Farm
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Norfolk County Council
North Norfolk District Council
OV946946 (594585, 340362)
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The earthwork and buried remains of a small medieval settlement located 800 metres north east of the centre of Wighton village. The remains of the settlement are visible as a series of rectangular platforms and associated enclosures ranged along the eastern edge of the flood plain of the River Stiffkey. The platforms, which are considered to represent up to seven tofts, although some may have been cultivated garden areas, are separated by shallow east-west ditches 3 metres to 4 metres wide and stand between 0.3 metres and 0.7 metres above the level of the flood plain, following what was probably, in origin, a natural scarp. On the opposite, eastern side, most are between 0.2 metres and 0.4 metres above the level of the adjoining ground surface. They measure from 9 metres to 32 metres in width north-south and from 25 metres to 44 metres in length, although at the southern end of the row there is a large platform, mounds and other irregularities on their surfaces are thought to mark the sites of buildings and possible internal subdivisions. It is also believed that a series of ditches and external banks on the north, south and west sides of the monument represent the elements of a water management system, probably to divert and control water from the river or the flood plain, and possibly associated with a mill. Scheduled.
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