Monument record SUE 092 - A possible shellfish production pit on Lantern Marshes, Sudbourne parish

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A possible shellfish production pit on Lantern Marshes, Sudbourne parish


Grid reference Centred TM 45372 52155 (38m by 41m)
Map sheet TM45SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A possible oyster bed is visible on aerial photographs from 1943 onwards, located on Lantern Marshes, Sudbourne at circa TM45375215 (S1). The pit is large, circa 38 x 21m in size, and is connected to a drainage channel that runs across the marshes. Large numbers of oyster pits are visible running parallel to the sea wall to the east and west of this feature (see SUE 090-1) but no others are visible located in the interior of the marsh. It is marked on both the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 and 1904 and can therefore be dated to the Post Medieval period, but is unclear whether it is a natural or artificial feature (S2, S3). It can still be seen on photographs of 1955, but by 1972 it has been destroyed by drainage improvements (S4, S5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US 7PH/GP/LOC132 5044-5 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.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1674 0127-8 04-MAR-1955.
  • <S5> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 008-9 24-MAR-1972.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:56PM

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