Monument record GED 035 - Post Medieval extractive pits, visible on aerial photographs.

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Possible extractive pits of Post-Medieval dates are visible on aerial photographs, Gedgrave parish


Grid reference Centred TM 41314 48131 (292m by 527m)
Map sheet TM44NW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A number of possible extractive pits of probable Post-Medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, centred on circa TM41324815, Gedgrave parish. The pits are generally rectangular in shape, the largest being circa 16 x 10m in size. They are aligned along a drainage channel located to the west of the sea wall (see GED 039) but do not appear to be connected to it, and therefore are unlikely to be pits intended for the production of shellfish. It is possible that the pits were excavated for land improvement purposes. Only the two most northern pits are marked on the fist edition Ordnance Survey map of circa 1884, but all are visible on the second edition of circa 1904. The creation of the pits is therefore likely to have taken place in the late Post-Medieval or modern period. They have been destroyed by drainage works by 1965. (S1-4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S2> Verbal communication: Sarah Newsome. 2001. circa 1904.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 4170-2 23-SEP-1945.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR MAL/65094 123 03-NOV-1964.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 26 2013 9:26AM

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