The enclosure at Tasburgh is the least well understood of NAT’s sites. Excavations in the 1930s suggest the ditch was up to three metres deep, but who built it is still a mystery. It may be an Iron Age fort, similar in date to Bloodgate Hill, but the discovery of middle – late Saxon material near the church suggests it may be later in date, perhaps a fortified centre or ‘burh’ to defend the community from Viking invaders. Lying in the beautiful Tas valley, this site has secrets to tell.
Pictured above is the Imagined Land Pagaent, part of a project run by NAT at Tasburgh. You can find more about it here.
Access and facilities
The site is always open. It lies c. 15km south of Norwich on the western edge of the modern village of Tasburgh, immediately to the north of All Saints’ church.
- by road: Tasburgh lies on the main A140 Norwich-Ipswich road. Travelling south from Norwich, turn right onto Church Lane. You will find the church c. 800m along this road, on the left hand side shortly after the junction with Grove Lane. Park next to the church. The site lies opposite the church on the north side of the road.
- by bus: the centre of Tasburgh is served by Simonds service 1 (Norwich-Diss) – the stop on Church Road is very close to the site and to the church. Frequent buses stop on the A140 as it passes through Tasburgh, including services 1, 2 003, 18, 40, 118 and 569 operated by First Eastern Counties, Simonds and Anglian Bus and Coach. For up to date timetable information, please visit http://www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk. From the bus stop on the A140 you can walk along Church Road to the site in a little over ten minutes.
The Trust has provided two interpretation panels, one at the entrance to the site and the other on the opposite side of the road by the churchyard. There are no visitor facilities at the site but a pub (the Countryman) is situated on the A140 a short distance towards Norwich from the junction with Church Road.
‘Imagined Land’ at Tasburgh: National Lottery funded project 2017 including test-pit reports