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Battery Bank: a linear boundary on Great Plantation, 450m north east of Woodside

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6966 / 50°41'47"N

Longitude: -2.2016 / 2°12'5"W

OS Eastings: 385856.600016

OS Northings: 88574.307362

OS Grid: SY858885

Mapcode National: GBR 21C.86T

Mapcode Global: FRA 6787.J3Z

Entry Name: Battery Bank: a linear boundary on Great Plantation, 450m north east of Woodside

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1962

Last Amended: 7 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015347

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28382

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: East Stoke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wool, East Burton and Combe Keynes

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a linear boundary, known as the Battery Bank, situated
on the south western edge of a plateau known as Great Plantation, overlooking
Baker's Well Valley to the south west. The linear boundary forms part of a
group of similar monuments which extend (discontinuously) for a distance of
c.5.55km along the natural ridge separating the valleys of the Rivers Frome
and Piddle.
The boundary includes a bank, aligned north west by south east, composed of
earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 188m in length, 5m-7m in
width and c.0.6m in height. To the north east of the bank is a ditch from
which material was quarried during its construction. The ditch runs the full
length of the monument and is visible as an earthwork 5m wide and c.0.5m deep.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Linear boundaries are substantial earthwork features comprising single or
multiple ditches and banks which may extend over distances varying between
less than 1km to over 10km. They survive as earthworks or as linear features
visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs or as a combination of both. The
evidence of excavation and study of associated monuments demonstrate that
their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although
they may have been re-used later.
The scale of many linear boundaries has been taken to indicate that they were
constructed by large social groups and were used to mark important boundaries
in the landscape; their impressive scale displaying the corporate prestige of
their builders. They would have been powerful symbols, often with religious
associations, used to define and order the territorial holdings of those
groups who constructed them. Linear earthworks are of considerable importance
for the analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age; all well
preserved examples will normally merit statutory protection.

The linear boundary on Great Plantation survives well and will contain
archaeological and environemntal evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 518
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 518
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume I, (1970), 518

Source: Historic England

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