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Strip lynchet system west of Patcombe Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Bratton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2638 / 51°15'49"N

Longitude: -2.1087 / 2°6'31"W

OS Eastings: 392512.449617

OS Northings: 151634.243616

OS Grid: ST925516

Mapcode National: GBR 2VV.MPJ

Mapcode Global: VH97B.DHLJ

Entry Name: Strip lynchet system west of Patcombe Hill

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10014

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Bratton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Bratton St James the Great

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A flight of well preserved lynchets with steps over 2m in height.

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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