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Sidbury Hill and associated monuments

A Scheduled Monument in Tidworth, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2538 / 51°15'13"N

Longitude: -1.6915 / 1°41'29"W

OS Eastings: 421624.264756

OS Northings: 150564.182429

OS Grid: SU216505

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z7.C54

Mapcode Global: VHC2G.MRM5

Entry Name: Sidbury Hill and associated monuments

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1966

Last Amended: 12 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010138

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10064

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tidworth

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: TidworthHoly Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A sub-triangular bivallate hillfort c.7ha in area, constructed on the
site of a neolithic settlement. The settlement and hillfort were
partially excavated in the 19th century and the 1950's. A straight,
well defined ditch extends from the main entrance.
1 - A large boundary earthwork of ditch/bank/ditch construction
extending from the north-west entrance of Sidbury Hill. The earthwork
is one element in an extensive system of boundaries founded on Sidbury
Hill. The southern section is straight and well preserved.
2 - A sub-triangular, bivallate hillfort enclosing c.7 hectares with
the main entrance on the north-west side. Partial excavations in the
19th century and the 1950's have produced pottery sherds and
3 - A neolithic settlement site discovered during the excavation in the
1950's of a section of the south-east rampart of Sidbury Hill. A number
of flint flakes and tools were recovered.

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. Seven
hillforts are recorded in the Salisbury Plain Training Area. Hillforts
represent a major settlement form for the Iron Age and, unless severely
damaged, are considered worthy of protection. Importantly, all of these are
associated with contemporary archaeological features such as field systems and
land boundaries.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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