Knighton Farm settlement and moat
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1010021
Date first listed: 01-Feb-1990
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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)
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