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Section of Battery Bank on South Heath

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke,

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Latitude: 50.688 / 50°41'16"N

Longitude: -2.1622 / 2°9'44"W

OS Eastings: 388634.1365

OS Northings: 87600.8966

OS Grid: SY886876

Mapcode National: GBR 21F.S56

Mapcode Global: FRA 67C8.1G7

Entry Name: Section of Battery Bank on South Heath

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1961

Last Amended: 15 October 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016273

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29059

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 section of the linear boundary known as the Battery
Bank, situated on South Heath, a plateau overlooking the Frome Valley to the
south and the Piddle Valley to the north.
The earthwork includes a linear bank, aligned south east by north west,
composed of earth, sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 680m in length,
8m in width and approximately 0.75m-1m in height. The bank is now divided by
three gaps situated towards the north western and south eastern ends.
These vary in width from 20m-25m and are likely to represent later
interruptions. To the north of the bank is a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. The ditch is visible as an
earthwork 5m-6m wide and approximately 0.4m deep at the eastern and western
ends. Elsewhere, the ditch has become infilled, but will survive as a buried

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Battery Bank, of which this monument forms a part, is made up of a series
of linear earthworks which extend discontinuously over a total distance of
approximately 5.5km. The earthworks are aligned along the plateau dividing the
rivers Piddle and Frome. Although not firmly dated, the monument is likely to
be of Romano-British or Dark Age date; and given the wide gaps in its
alignment, demarcation is perhaps a more likely interpretation for the bank,
than stock control or defence. The name `Battery Bank' is likely to be a
misnomer, relating to the Napoleonic period when the bank may have had a role
in military training exercises.
As a well preserved monument representing Dark Age or earlier land division,
the Battery Bank is a comparatively unusual survival, and consequently all
surviving sections are considered to be of national importance. This section
survives well and its location clearly illustrates the topographic setting
into which the monument was placed.

Source: Historic England


Comp with Bokerley Dyke/Coombe Ditch, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Forms part of 'Battery Bank', RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Gaps in bank unlikely to be original, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,
RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Uncertain rel with Worgret Heath gp, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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