Monument record BUT 039 - Two probable Post Medieval or Modern oyster pits.

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Two probable oyster pits of Post-Medieval or modern date are visible on aerial photographs, cut into the saltmarsh on the western bank of Butley River, Butley parish


Grid reference Centred TM 39527 48627 (29m by 26m)
Map sheet TM34NE


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Full Description

Two features, probably oyster pits of possible Post-Medieval date, are visible as earthworks on the saltmarsh of the Butley River, centred on circa TM39534864, Butley parish. The pits are rectangular, about 12 x 6m in size, and are enclosed by a bank approximately 3m wide. As the pits are not marked on either the first or second edition Ordnance survey maps of circa 1884 or 1904 they may therefore may be modern in date. However, they are similar in form to oyster beds recorded nearby that are known to be of Post-Medieval date (see ORF 024 ) and a second nearby similar feature appears to be an earlier, much eroded oyster bed (see BUT 040), so a possible medieval date cannot be dismissed. (S1-4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1904.
  • <S3> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US 7PH/GP/LOC132 5017-8 30-DEC-1943.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/71156 238-9 02-MAY-1971.

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Record last edited

Jun 24 2013 11:57AM

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