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Strip lynchets south of Westdown Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Bratton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2629 / 51°15'46"N

Longitude: -2.0961 / 2°5'45"W

OS Eastings: 393390.782301

OS Northings: 151532.838002

OS Grid: ST933515

Mapcode National: GBR 2VV.QW9

Mapcode Global: VH97B.MJ76

Entry Name: Strip lynchets south of Westdown Farm

Scheduled Date: 10 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010260

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10015

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Bratton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Edington and Imber

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Two areas of strip lynchets up to c.4.5m in height and c.24m wide. The linear
orientation of the lynchets is north-north-east/south-south-west. There are
some trees and scrub.

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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