Double ditched enclosure NE of Wick village
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1005310
Date first listed: 03-Sep-1975
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Wychavon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SO 96266 46365
Prehistoric and Roman remains 520m north west of Glenmore 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 field drain, the prehistoric and Roman remains 520m north west of Glenmore Farm survive comparatively well. The monument is a part of a wider archaeological landscape of prehistoric and Roman settlements. The double ditched square enclosure is important as it is unusual and distinct from any other archaeological remains in the vicinity. The enclosure ditches and the linear ditch 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 21 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 gentle western facing slope overlooking the Wyre Piddle. The monument is known from cropmarks visible on aerial photographs and survives as a square double ditched enclosure and a linear ditch. The square double ditched enclosure has rounded corners and measures approximately 50m by 50m. An entrance is situated on the north eastern side. The two enclosure ditches have a dividing gap of approximately 1m with the outer ditch wider than the inner. A linear ditch approximately 80m long runs parallel with the north eastern ditch of the square enclosure.
A further square enclosure and archaeological features survive to the north of the monument, but are not currently protected because they have not been formally assessed.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: WT 204
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
Hancox, E. & Russell, O. 2009, Recent Changes to Scheduled Monuments in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service
Pastscape Monument No:- 117971
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.
End of official listing