Monument record M371 - Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Broughton Lodge, Willoughby on the Wolds




Grid reference SK 64869 25100 (point)
Map sheet SK62NW
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Willoughby on the Wolds, Rushcliffe


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Scheduling at request of Barley to prevent amateur digging. The area is purely arbitrary as we have no clues to the number or extent of the graves. (1)
c 90 inhumation burials, many of them damaged, were found up to 70ft E of the Ro road. Finds dated to late C6/early C7. 8 graves contained multiple burials (of 2 or 3 bodies; one grave contained a horse). (2)
A further 7 burials revealed to S, including another horse burial with iron bit. Many burials must have been completely destroyed by ploughing. The burials lay just E of the Ro road. Part of the cemetery lay in the field S of the new road, it is likely also that it extends into the field to the N (not proven). If so the number of burials must have been well in excess of 100. (3)
Part of the site is now under the loop road but was excavated in advance of road construction. The rest is in pasture field with some ridge and furrow but no other feature visible. (4)
There appear to have been a total of 121 burials identified and 4 potential horse burials. There were a huge variety of grave goods and many unstratified finds. Date range late C5 to early C7. The limits of the cemetery were excavated on its E, and perhaps slightly less securely, its N edges. The location of burial 96 (L9217) indicates that another burial area lay W of the Fosse Way. The most common orientation is head to W or WNW, while a number have significantly different orientation. The consistency of orientations suggests that, away from the western boundary, new burials were simply aligned on existing ones. The significance of the juxtaposition of Romano-British settlement and Anglo-Saxon cemetery is striking. (6)
Finds catalogue from excavation. (7)
Report on mineral preserved organic material by the Ancient Monuments Laboratory. (8)
See L7942 for Ro buildings, M370 for Cross Hill, M372 for Vernemetum.

<1> DOE, 1964, AM7 (Unpublished document). SNT62.

<2> EMAB eds, 1964, East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin, p 28 (Published document). SNT158.

<3> EMAB eds, 1965, East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin, pp 33-4 (Published document). SNT159.

<4> Samuels JR, 1987, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1232.

<5> Thoroton Society, 1966, TTS, pp 9-10 (Published document). SNT379.

<6> Kinsley AG, 1993, Broughton Lodge (Monograph). SNT1468.

<7> Author unknown, N/D, Broughton Lodge Saxon Cemetery, Catalogue of the Finds (Unpublished document). SNT2162.

<8> Watson, J, 1988?, Identification of Mineral Preserved Organic Material Associated with Metalwork from the Anglian Cemetery at Broughton Lodge, Nottinghamshire (Unpublished document). SNT2437.

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  • <1> Unpublished document: DOE. 1964. AM7.
  • <2> Published document: EMAB eds. 1964. East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin. 7. p 28.
  • <3> Published document: EMAB eds. 1965. East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin. 8. pp 33-4.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1987. AM107.
  • <5> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1966. TTS. 70. pp 9-10.
  • <6> Monograph: Kinsley AG. 1993. Broughton Lodge. University of Nottingham.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Author unknown. N/D. Broughton Lodge Saxon Cemetery, Catalogue of the Finds.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Watson, J. 1988?. Identification of Mineral Preserved Organic Material Associated with Metalwork from the Anglian Cemetery at Broughton Lodge, Nottinghamshire.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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