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Strip lynchet system north of Chisman's Cleeve

A Scheduled Monument in Upavon, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3011 / 51°18'4"N

Longitude: -1.7939 / 1°47'38"W

OS Eastings: 414461.374619

OS Northings: 155796.630742

OS Grid: SU144557

Mapcode National: GBR 4YJ.98N

Mapcode Global: VHB4R.VKGF

Entry Name: Strip lynchet system north of Chisman's Cleeve

Scheduled Date: 4 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010257

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10003

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Upavon

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Upavon St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A very well preserved strip lynchets system on an east facing slope with
lynchets c.3m high and terraces from 5m to 12m wide.

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.
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


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

Source: Historic England

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