Monument record SUE 089 - Post Medieval oyster pits in Sudbourne parish

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Post Medieval oyster pits in Sudbourne parish


Grid reference Centred TM 45529 52504 (266m by 536m)
Map sheet TM45SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Oyster pits of probable Post-Medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from the early 1940s onwards, centred on circa TM45565244 in Sudbourne parish. They are generally rectangular in shape and are arranged along a drainage channel that runs parallel to the sea wall, SUE 087, but their length varies from about 2m to in excess of 30m. The pits may be marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of circa 1884, but the conventions are somewhat schematic. However, they are definitely visible on the second edition of circa 1904, and may therefore date to the end of the Post-Medieval period. They can still be seen on photographs of 1955, but by 1972 many of them have been obscured by a remodelling of the flood defences. (S1-5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. RAF S/656 97-98 06-NOV-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. Circa 1884.
  • <S3> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". Circa 1904.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 85/1214 0457-8 06-JUN-1955.
  • <S5> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 007-8 24-MAR 1972.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:56PM

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