Settlement site NNE of Fernhill Farm
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: Settlement site NNE of Fernhill Farm
List entry Number: 1005287
The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District Type: District Authority
District Type: District Authority
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first scheduled: 19-Oct-1973
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: WT 288
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
Prehistoric and Roman remains 570m north east of Fernhill Farm.
Reasons for Designation
Although they can frequently only be located through aerial photography. All homestead sites which survive substantially intact will normally be identified as nationally important. Romano-British aggregate villages are nucleated settlements formed by groups of five or more subsistence level farmsteads enclosed either individually or collectively, or with no formal boundary. Most enclosures, where they occur, are formed by curvilinear walls or banks, sometimes surrounded by ditches, and the dwellings are usually associated with pits, stock enclosures, cultivation plots and field systems, indicating a mixed farming economy. In use throughout the Roman period (c.43-450 AD), they often occupied sites of earlier agricultural settlements. In view of their rarity, all positively identified examples with surviving remains are considered to merit protection. Despite ploughing and the insertion of a farm track, the prehistoric and Roman remains 570m north east of Fernhill Farm survive comparatively well. The archaeological remains survive exclusively as buried features or remains and the monument is significant in its own right and as part of a wider archaeological landscape of prehistoric and Roman settlements on both sides of the River Avon. The enclosures and pits will have potential for remaining layers and deposits that will contain important archaeological information relating to the use, construction and occupation of the monument in addition to providing environmental evidence.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 20 May 2015. 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. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.
This monument includes a prehistoric and Roman settlement located on a moderate north facing slope overlooking the River Avon. The monument is known from cropmarks visible on aerial photographs and survives as two sub rectangular enclosures and around fifty pits. The sub rectangular enclosures are situated on the north and south of the monument. Some of the pits are formed in to two lines joining at a right angle. The remainder of the pits are grouped within the angle.
The features and character of the site is comparable with a site at Fladbury (NGR: SO 9846 4680) that is dated to the prehistoric and Roman periods.
Further archaeological remains survive to the west of the monument, and are the subject of a separate scheduling.
Pastscape Monument No:- 328318
National Grid Reference: SP 01024 46819
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