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Double ditched enclosure north east of Wick village

A Scheduled Monument in Wyre Piddle, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1156 / 52°6'56"N

Longitude: -2.056 / 2°3'21"W

OS Eastings: 396261.830688

OS Northings: 246365.621999

OS Grid: SO962463

Mapcode National: GBR 2JN.90S

Mapcode Global: VHB0R.93Y0

Entry Name: Double ditched enclosure NE of Wick village

Scheduled Date: 3 September 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005310

English Heritage Legacy ID: WT 204

County: Worcestershire

Civil Parish: Wyre Piddle

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Wick

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

Summary

Prehistoric and Roman remains 520m north west of Glenmore Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 21 May 2015. 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. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.

This monument includes a prehistoric and Roman settlement located on a gentle western facing slope overlooking the Wyre Piddle. The monument is known from cropmarks visible on aerial photographs and survives as a square double ditched enclosure and a linear ditch. The square double ditched enclosure has rounded corners and measures approximately 50m by 50m. An entrance is situated on the north eastern side. The two enclosure ditches have a dividing gap of approximately 1m with the outer ditch wider than the inner. A linear ditch approximately 80m long runs parallel with the north eastern ditch of the square enclosure.

A further square enclosure and archaeological features survive to the north of the monument, but are not currently protected because they have not been formally assessed.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Although they can frequently only be located through aerial photography. All homestead sites which survive substantially intact will normally be identified as nationally important. Romano-British aggregate villages are nucleated settlements formed by groups of five or more subsistence level farmsteads enclosed either individually or collectively, or with no formal boundary. Most enclosures, where they occur, are formed by curvilinear walls or banks, sometimes surrounded by ditches, and the dwellings are usually associated with pits, stock enclosures, cultivation plots and field systems, indicating a mixed farming economy. In use throughout the Roman period (c.43-450 AD), they often occupied sites of earlier agricultural settlements. In view of their rarity, all positively identified examples with surviving remains are considered to merit protection. Despite ploughing and the insertion of a field drain, the prehistoric and Roman remains 520m north west of Glenmore Farm survive comparatively well. The monument is a part of a wider archaeological landscape of prehistoric and Roman settlements. The double ditched square enclosure is important as it is unusual and distinct from any other archaeological remains in the vicinity. The enclosure ditches and the linear ditch will have potential for remaining layers and deposits that will contain important archaeological information relating to the use, construction and occupation of the monument in addition to providing environmental evidence.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Hancox, E. & Russell, O. 2009, Recent Changes to Scheduled Monuments in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service
Pastscape Monument No:- 117971

Source: Historic England

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