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Settlement site north east of Wick village

A Scheduled Monument in Wick, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1102 / 52°6'36"N

Longitude: -2.0483 / 2°2'54"W

OS Eastings: 396785.503887

OS Northings: 245760.471825

OS Grid: SO967457

Mapcode National: GBR 2JN.QY0

Mapcode Global: VHB0R.F7Z5

Entry Name: Settlement site NE of Wick village

Scheduled Date: 23 September 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005317

English Heritage Legacy ID: WT 216

County: Worcestershire

Civil Parish: Wick

Built-Up Area: Wick

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Wick

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

Details

The monument includes a prehistoric and Roman settlement located on a gentle west facing slope overlooking the Wyre Piddle. The settlement is known from cropmarks visible on aerial photographs and survives as a double ditched rectangular enclosure, a curvilinear enclosure and linear ditches. The double ditched enclosure is subdivided by rectangular and curvilinear partitions. Linear ditches and a curvilinear enclosure are located to the south east. Romano-British artefacts have been found on this site.
A metalled track leading across the monument is excluded from the scheduling, but the ground beneath is included. Further archaeological remains survive within the vicinity of the monument, but these have not been formally assessed and are not included in the scheduling.
WT204 & WT207 are located in the vicinity of this monument.

Sources:
NMR:- SO 94 NE 7, SO 94 NE 28 & SO 94 NE 21
Pastscape Monument Nos:- 117970, 117999 & 117992

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 the insertion of a metalled track leading across the monument, the prehistoric and Roman remains 350m south of Glenmore Farm survives comparatively well. Although the settlement has been ploughed it survives reasonably well as buried features. The settlement is significant as part of a wider archaeological landscape of prehistoric and Roman settlements. The enclosures and ditches will have potential for retaining archaeological deposits that will contain important information relating to the use, construction and occupation of the settlement in addition to providing environmental evidence.

Source: Historic England

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