Earthwork on Cross Hill


Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Dorset (Unitary Authority)
Sydling St. Nicholas
National Grid Reference:
ST 62180 01621


Enclosure 360m north-west of Upper Sydling Farm.

Reasons for Designation

The enclosure 360m north west of Upper Sydling Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, date, function, longevity, interrelationship with the northern lynchet and bowl barrow, agricultural practices and its overall landscape context.


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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 Cross Hill overlooking the dry valleys of Fisher’s Bottom and Ayle’s Bottom and the source of the Sydling Water. The enclosure survives as a rectangular earthwork measuring approximately 30m long by 12m wide internally and defined by a bank of 3.5m wide and up to 0.5m high to the south, east and west and by a lynchet of up to 1.2m high to the north which extends beyond the building to the west and east. There is a 2m wide entrance on the southern side of the enclosure. Immediately adjacent to the enclosure on the north western side is a bowl barrow which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The exact date and nature of the enclosure is unclear although it closely resembles an animal pound.


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

Legacy System number:
DO 469
Legacy System:


PastScape Monument No:-199215


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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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