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Lidbury Camp, associated trackways and bowl barrow, on Littlecott Down

A Scheduled Monument in Upavon, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2774 / 51°16'38"N

Longitude: -1.7601 / 1°45'36"W

OS Eastings: 416830.8025

OS Northings: 153163.9454

OS Grid: SU168531

Mapcode National: GBR 4YR.ZSY

Mapcode Global: VHB4Z.F5W3

Entry Name: Lidbury Camp, associated trackways and bowl barrow, on Littlecott Down

Scheduled Date: 12 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017864

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10043

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Upavon

Built-Up Area: Upavon Army Camp

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Enford All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument comprises a possible barrow together with Iron Age and Romano-
British occupation associated with Lidbury Camp and its related trackways.
1 - A trackway with the bank c.1.5m high. It is south-east of Lidbury Camp and
is joined to a similar feature that is connected to Lidbury Camp.
2 - A length of trackway associated with Lidbury Camp. For much of its course
it is ploughed out but in the penned area it can be seen as a bank from 0.2m
up to 1m high.
3 - A trackway c.8m wide and up to 0.5m high. It is associated with Lidbury
Camp and is thought to originally have joined a trackway associated with
Chisenbury Warren settlement.
4 - A bowl barrow c.20m diameter. It appears to be joined by a spur to the
outer bank of Lidbury Camp and does not immediately look like a barrow.
5 - A sub-square enclosure up to 90m across. The earthworks are fairly slight
with ditches extending east and south-west. Excavation in 1914 of an entrance
identified two phases of occupation and produced Iron Age and Romano-British

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.

The Lidbury Camp enclosure and its associated trackway provide
important evidence of land use and agricultural practices in the
prehistoric, Romano-British and medieval periods. The enclosures in the
Salisbury Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and
best preserved fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of
these remains and their relationship with extensive field systems arid
settlement complexes, are of critical importance to understanding the
character and development of Downland agriculture. The importance of
the monument is considerably enhanced by the inclusion of a prehistoric
funerary monument considered to be nationally important in its own right.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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