Monument record BCC 066 - An extensive flood defence bank of probable post-medieval construction.

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Summary

An extensive flood defence bank of probable post-medieval construction is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork extending eastwards from Beccles on the south bank of the River Waveney.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 42291 91912 (5917m by 1641m)
Map sheet TM49SW
Civil Parish BARNBY, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish BECCLES, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish CARLTON COLVILLE, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish NORTH COVE, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish WORLINGHAM, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

An extensive flood defence bank of probable post-medieval construction is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork extending eastwards on the south bank of the River Waveney from Beccles at circa TM 420912. The flood bank is probably the final stage in a process of land reclamation, drainage and water management which may have begun in this area in the medieval period. Several relict banks which may intersect with this bank can be seen to the south on Beccles marshes, Castle marsh and Share marsh, reminders of the progressive reclamation which transformed the marshes to agricultural use (see BCC 063, BCC 067, NHC 021-022, BNB 008, CAC 038-039). Due to gaps in visibility due to vegetation cover and possible erosion of the bank, this feature has been recorded in two sections. The eastern length is recorded in CAC 038. (S1-S5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/930 4102-8 16-OCT-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1636 4062-6 09-JUL-1946.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 540/495 4081-3 12-MAY-1951.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 543/2531 F22 0064-6 14-NOV-1963.
  • <S5> Photograph: OS, AP. OS OS/81109 124-131 29-SEP-1981.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 7 2013 3:53PM

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