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Enclosure south-east of Candown Copse

A Scheduled Monument in Tilshead, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2498 / 51°14'59"N

Longitude: -1.9366 / 1°56'11"W

OS Eastings: 404518.488828

OS Northings: 150069.230371

OS Grid: SU045500

Mapcode National: GBR 3XL.H6K

Mapcode Global: VHB4W.DV19

Entry Name: Enclosure south-east of Candown Copse

Scheduled Date: 4 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10022

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tilshead

Built-Up Area: Tilshead

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Details

A medieval or later, ovoid enclosure, c.70m east-west x 56m north/south. It
comprises a bank 7m wide with an external ditch 5m wide. The north and south
sides are in the best condition. It is possible that it was never finished.

MAP EXTRACT
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.
Enclosures provide important evidence of land use and agricultural practices
in the prehistoric/Romano-British period. The enclosures in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and best preserved
fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of these remains and their
relationship with extensive field systems and settlement complexes are of
critical importance to understanding the character and development of downland
agriculture.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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