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Strip lynchet system east of Cotley Hill Woods

A Scheduled Monument in Heytesbury, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1883 / 51°11'17"N

Longitude: -2.109 / 2°6'32"W

OS Eastings: 392481.113143

OS Northings: 143230.717149

OS Grid: ST924432

Mapcode National: GBR 2WT.FN0

Mapcode Global: VH97Q.DDFF

Entry Name: Strip lynchet system east of Cotley Hill Woods

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010089

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10222

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Heytesbury

Built-Up Area: Heytesbury

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Heytesbury with Tytherington and Knook St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

Strip lynchets with steps up to 4m high and moderate damage.

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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.
Lynchets provide distinctive traces of medieval and earlier agricultural
activities in downland areas, indicating the level of intensity of land use
and farming practices through time. Remains of this type are still clearly
discernible in the field systems of "celtic field" and "combe lynchet" type
which cover wide tracts of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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