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Trackway, ditch and bell barrow on Longstreet Down

A Scheduled Monument in Everleigh, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.272 / 51°16'19"N

Longitude: -1.7502 / 1°45'0"W

OS Eastings: 417523.2967

OS Northings: 152569.7456

OS Grid: SU175525

Mapcode National: GBR 4YZ.2BY

Mapcode Global: VHB4Z.M936

Entry Name: Trackway, ditch and bell barrow on Longstreet Down

Scheduled Date: 10 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009927

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10048

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Everleigh

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Enford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A bell barrow and a spatially related trackway on Longstreet Down. The
trackway is no longer extant in the area of the barrow. A ditch joins the
trackway just north-west of the barrow.
1 - A bell barrow with an overall diameter of c.44m. The berm and ditch are
now indistinguishable due to nettle and scrub growth. (SU17535255)
2 - An irregular "ditch" trackway running north-east/south-west across
Longstreet Down and associated with a surrounding field system, ditch and
barrow. The trackway is shown as very inconsistent in profile on the Ordnance
Survey map.
3 - A short length of ditch to the west of a trackway. It is now almost
imperceptable under improved grassland.

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.

Bronze Age bell barrows are rare nationally. Within the Salisbury
Plain Training Area fourteen examples have been identified. The
significance of the Longstreet Down example is considerably enhanced by
its association with a well-preserved length of trackway and a relict
land boundary.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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