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West Chisenbury Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Enford, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2762 / 51°16'34"N

Longitude: -1.8044 / 1°48'15"W

OS Eastings: 413737.955

OS Northings: 153019.9158

OS Grid: SU137530

Mapcode National: GBR 4YQ.SQS

Mapcode Global: VHB4Y.N6Y1

Entry Name: West Chisenbury Settlement

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009565

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10040

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Enford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Enford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


An area of earthworks on both sides of the A345. It is assumed that this is
the deserted medieval village of Chesigeberie (1086). House platforms and
streets are visible.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The most complete and extensive survival of chalk downland
archaeological remains in central southern England occurs on Salisbury
Plain, particularly in those areas lying within the Salisbury Plain
Training Area. These remains represent one of the few extant
archaeological "landscapes" in Britain and are considered to be of
special significance because they differ in character from those in
other areas with comparable levels of preservation. Individual sites on
Salisbury Plain are seen as being additionally important because the
evidence of their direct association with each other survives so well.

Prehistoric and later period villages surviving as earthworks are rare
nationally, as are any associations with contemporary field systems or
other landholdings. The importance of the examples in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area is considerably enhanced by the demonstrable
relationship between the settlements, field systems and major boundary
earthworks which provide exceptionally complete evidence of human
reorganisation of the landscape. This makes the examples in the
Training Area worthy of national protection.

Source: Historic England


Trust for Wessex Archaeology, (1987)
Wiltshire Library & Museum Service, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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