Knighton Farm settlement and moat


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010021

Date first listed: 01-Feb-1990


Ordnance survey map of Knighton Farm settlement and moat
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Figheldean

National Grid Reference: SU 15340 45513, SU 15379 45565

Reasons for Designation

The most complete and extensive survival of chalk downland archaeological remains in central southern England occurs on Salisbury Plain, particularly in those areas lying within the Salisbury Plain Training Area. These remains represent one of the few extant archaeological "landscapes" in Britain and are considered to be of special significance because they differ in character from those in other areas with comparable levels of preservation. Individual sites on Salisbury Plain are seen as being additionally important because the evidence of their direct association with each other survives so well.

The Knighton farm was first noted in the Domesday Book and as such is amongst the earliest moated sites to be recorded historically. With its standing earthworks and dry moat it is also an outstandingly well preserved and extensive example of its class.


A deserted medieval settlement and associated adjacent moat. The surviving areas are in good condition. 1 - An area of settlement formerly called "Knyghteton" meaning farm of the knights or serving men. The settlement remains consist of a series of levelled platforms on both sides of the trackway leading to the farm. (SU15454550) 2 - The surviving area of a moat now c.1.25m deep, to the north and west of the associated Knighton Farm settlement.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 10134

Legacy System: RSM


Trust for Wessex Archaeology, (1987)
Wiltshire Library & Museum Service, (1987)

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