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Cross ridge dyke on Warminster Down

A Scheduled Monument in Warminster, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2315 / 51°13'53"N

Longitude: -2.1507 / 2°9'2"W

OS Eastings: 389573.034691

OS Northings: 148049.268315

OS Grid: ST895480

Mapcode National: GBR 1TV.P30

Mapcode Global: VH97H.N9WR

Entry Name: Cross ridge dyke on Warminster Down

Scheduled Date: 10 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009810

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10078

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Warminster

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Warminster St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A cross ridge dyke of bank/ditch/bank construction with an overall width of
c.13m. Vehicle tracks have caused some damage around the area of the range
fence, and have cut the earthwork in several places.

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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

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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