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Boundary feature, western section of Long Ditch across Wilsford Down

A Scheduled Monument in Chirton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2826 / 51°16'57"N

Longitude: -1.891 / 1°53'27"W

OS Eastings: 407694.922

OS Northings: 153727.0744

OS Grid: SU076537

Mapcode National: GBR 3X8.GQP

Mapcode Global: VHB4X.51M1

Entry Name: Boundary feature, western section of Long Ditch across Wilsford Down

Scheduled Date: 10 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010262

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10029

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Chirton

Built-Up Area: Chirton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


A 1,391m section of the boundary feature known as Long Ditch. The Long Ditch
is c.3.5 miles long in total. This section makes a slight change of direction
at SU07685374, the site of a possible barrow. To the east of this point the
Long Ditch averages c.18m wide. To the west it changes structure and averages
c.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.
Boundary earthworks which include linear earthworks, so called ranch
boundaries, dykes and cross ridge dykes are particularly well preserved in the
Salisbury Plain Training Area. They provide important evidence of prehistoric
landholdings, land reorganisation and changing agricultural practices through

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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