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Section of Battery Bank on Binnegar Plain, 830m north east of Stokeford Farm

A Scheduled Monument in East Stoke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6903 / 50°41'25"N

Longitude: -2.1773 / 2°10'38"W

OS Eastings: 387571.289688

OS Northings: 87868.212785

OS Grid: SY875878

Mapcode National: GBR 21D.NC8

Mapcode Global: FRA 67B7.TW2

Entry Name: Section of Battery Bank on Binnegar Plain, 830m north east of Stokeford Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1961

Last Amended: 21 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018189

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29078

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 section of the linear boundary known as the Battery
Bank, situated on Binnegar Plain, a plateau overlooking the Piddle Valley to
the north and the Frome Valley to the south. The earthwork forms part of a
group of similar monuments which extend (discontinuously) for a distance of
5.5km along the natural ridge separating these valleys.
The earthwork includes a linear bank, aligned east-west, composed of earth,
sand and turf, with maximum dimensions of 180m in length, 10m in width and
about 0.75m in height. The bank has been breached by two tracks and some
sections of the bank have been partly reduced. To the north of the bank is a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. To the east and at intermittent points, the ditch is visible as an
earthwork 1.5m wide. Elsewhere, the ditch has become infilled, but will
survive as a buried feature.

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

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
about 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 early medieval 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 early medieval 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, its location illustrating clearly the
topographic setting into which the monument was placed.

Source: Historic England


Battery Bank is of uncertain date, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Comp with Bokerley Dyke/Coombe Ditch, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Earthworks not certainly linked, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention forms part of Battery Bank, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Mention part of group destroyed, RCHME, National Monuments Record,
Uncertain rel. between 2 ethwk groups, RCHME, National Monuments Record,

Source: Historic England

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