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Boundary earthwork running south from Dunch Hill, through Brigmerston Plantation and Milston Down.

A Scheduled Monument in Tidworth, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.226 / 51°13'33"N

Longitude: -1.7088 / 1°42'31"W

OS Eastings: 420426.6875

OS Northings: 147462.3889

OS Grid: SU204474

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZM.0SJ

Mapcode Global: VHC2N.BGG0

Entry Name: Boundary earthwork running south from Dunch Hill, through Brigmerston Plantation and Milston Down.

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009656

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10184

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


A boundary probably connected with Sidbury Hill. The ditch is c.5m wide, the
flanking banks c.4-5m wide, giving a maximum overall width of c.16m. There is
some damage from vehicles and vegetation but overall the feature is in good

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.

Boundary earthworks which include linear earthworks, so called ranch
boundaries, dykes and cross ridge dykes are particularly well preserved
in the Salisbury Plain Training Area. They provide important evidence
of prehistoric landholdings, land reorganisation and changing
agricultural practices through time.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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