Knowlton Church and Earthworks
Knowlton Church and Earthworks sits in a landscape that includes many other prehistoric features.
This plan shows these features as crop marks in the fields. The bank and ditch of Church Henge were not ploughed in the Middle Ages, because the church had been built within them. This means that the henge has survived well compared to Knowlton’s other earthworks.
The circular nature of the monument and the upstanding posts led to the site being known as Seahenge. However, without the typical outer bank and inner ditch, technically it is not a henge at all.
Because the site was being eroded by the sea, it was excavated and the timbers were removed for conservation. It is now on display at the nearby Lynn Museum.
Knowlton Church and Earthworks is part of the Knowlton Group of sites close to the river Allen.
The concentration of sites along the east bank of the river suggests that this landscape feature was significant – perhaps as a means of transporting the dead either physically or ritually in the afterlife.
Matt Thompson, Win Scutt, Rose Arkle