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Oval earthwork on St Catherine's Hill

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Oval earthwork on St Catherine's Hill

List entry Number: 1002368

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: Christchurch

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 30-Nov-1925

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DO 827

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Enclosure on St Catherine’s Hill, Christchurch.

Reasons for Designation

The oval enclosure on St Catherine’s Hill survives well despite some scrub growth and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, function, date, possible adaptive re-use, longevity, abandonment, strategic or territorial significance, possible agricultural practices, domestic arrangements and overall landscape context.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 18 February 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes an enclosure situated on the summit of the prominent ridge of St Catherine’s Hill between the valleys of the Rivers Stour and Avon. The enclosure survives as an oval central area of approximately 0.3ha defined by a bank of up to 10m wide and 1m high with an outer ditch of 7m wide and 0.3m deep. Internally on the north side is a platform measuring 16m long, 12m wide and 1.1m high. The date and function of the enclosure are not known, although suggestions range from a defensive Iron Age site to an agricultural stock pound of medieval date.

Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity and are scheduled separately.

Selected Sources

Other
PastScape 458482

National Grid Reference: SZ 14293 95518

Map

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