Settlement site SE of Wyre Piddle

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1005312

Date first listed: 01-Jan-1900

Map

Ordnance survey map of Settlement site SE of Wyre Piddle
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon (District Authority)

Parish: Wick

National Grid Reference: SO 96630 46642

Summary

Prehistoric and Roman remains 590m north 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, the prehistoric and Roman remains 590m north of Glenmore Farm survive comparatively well as buried features or remains. The monument is significant in its own right and as part of a wider archaeological landscape of prehistoric and Roman settlements. The large number of differing feature types on the site make it unusual and distinct from the other archaeological remains in the vicinity. The enclosures, ring ditches and pits will contain important archaeological information relating to the construction use, and abandonment of the settlement in addition to providing environmental evidence.

Details

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 north facing slope overlooking the Wyre Piddle. The monument is known from cropmarks visible on aerial photographs and survives as a square double ditched enclosure, a sub rectangular enclosure and six ring ditches with tracks and pits. The square double ditched enclosure measures approximately 50m across. A large sub rectangular enclosure is situated to the east with three internal sub rectangular divisions on the southern side. The enclosure measures approximately 110m by 100m and the internal divisions are up to 30m long and 20m wide. Six ring ditches, which represent the site of round houses, are located on the north and south sides of a track. The largest ring ditch is approximately 20m in diameter. Several tracks and pits are located between the large enclosure and the ring ditches. Romano-British pottery has been found on this site.

Further square enclosures and archaeological features survive to the south east and west of the monument, but are not currently protected because they have not been formally assessed.

Further broadly contemporary settlements survive in the vicinity of this monument and are the subject of separate schedulings.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: WT 207

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
Hancox, E. & Russell, O. 2009, Recent Changes to Scheduled Monuments in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service
Pastscape Monument No:- 117972

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