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Earthwork on Cross Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8129 / 50°48'46"N

Longitude: -2.5382 / 2°32'17"W

OS Eastings: 362180.075112

OS Northings: 101621.566512

OS Grid: ST621016

Mapcode National: GBR MT.Y0RM

Mapcode Global: FRA 56KY.JYM

Entry Name: Earthwork on Cross Hill

Scheduled Date: 4 May 1962

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002856

English Heritage Legacy ID: DO 469

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Sydling St. Nicholas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sydling St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Enclosure 360m north-west of Upper Sydling Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes an enclosure situated on the summit of the prominent Cross Hill overlooking the dry valleys of Fisher’s Bottom and Ayle’s Bottom and the source of the Sydling Water. The enclosure survives as a rectangular earthwork measuring approximately 30m long by 12m wide internally and defined by a bank of 3.5m wide and up to 0.5m high to the south, east and west and by a lynchet of up to 1.2m high to the north which extends beyond the building to the west and east. There is a 2m wide entrance on the southern side of the enclosure. Immediately adjacent to the enclosure on the north western side is a bowl barrow which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The exact date and nature of the enclosure is unclear although it closely resembles an animal pound.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The enclosure 360m north west of Upper Sydling Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, date, function, longevity, interrelationship with the northern lynchet and bowl barrow, agricultural practices and its overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-199215

Source: Historic England

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