Monument record SUE 079 - Oyster pits on the western bank of the River Alde at Home Reach and Blackstakes Reach, Sudbourne parish
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 45006 52594 (1036m by 1054m)|
|Civil Parish||SUDBOURNE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (1)
A large number of oyster pits are visible on aerial photographs from the 1940s onwards as earthworks cut into the saltmarsh on the western bank of the River Alde, centred on circa TM45005257 (S1). The pits vary in size from circa 3 x 3m to circa 7 x 5m, and can be seen along the saltmarsh for approximately 1.5km, from circa TM45395312 to circa TM44365206. The oyster pits are not marked on either the first or second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 or 1904, but appear to follow the route of the sea wall, suggesting a Post Medieval date for their construction (S2, S3). The pits are still visible on aerial photographs of 1972, but a number appear to be at least partially silted up (S4).
- <S1> SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. RAF 58/25 5002-3 16-MAY-1948.
- <S2> SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. Circa 1884.
- <S3> SXS50094 Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". Circa 1904.
- <S4> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. NMR OS/72057 110-12 24-MAR-1972.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Jan 15 2013 4:53PM