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Earthwork enclosure on Brigmerston Down

A Scheduled Monument in Tidworth, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2255 / 51°13'31"N

Longitude: -1.7096 / 1°42'34"W

OS Eastings: 420376.652095

OS Northings: 147404.421691

OS Grid: SU203474

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZM.0M7

Mapcode Global: VHC2N.BG2D

Entry Name: Earthwork enclosure on Brigmerston Down

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1966

Last Amended: 7 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10179

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tidworth

Built-Up Area: Tidworth

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Milston with Brigmerston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A horse shoe shaped earthwork enclosure of uncertain purpose. It is defined by
a ditch 3m wide and a bank 5m wide. The south-east side is completely open.
The overall dimensions are c.68m north-west/south-east by c.64m south-
west/north-east.

MAP EXTRACT
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.
Enclosures provide important evidence of land use and agricultural practices
in the prehistoric/Romano-British period. The enclosures in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and best preserved
fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of these remains and their
relationship with extensive field systems and settlement complexes are of
critical importance to understanding the character and development of downland
agriculture.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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