Pillow mound on Knook Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010107

Date first listed: 06-Mar-1990


Ordnance survey map of Pillow mound on Knook Down
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Heytesbury

National Grid Reference: ST 94752 44774


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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.

Pillow mounds or rabbit warrens were an important economic resource during medieval times for food production. They provide direct evidence for changing land use and husbandry practices during this period. Unlike many other examples on the Wiltshire Downland this one is unploughed and in a good state of preservation. As such, this monument is considered worthy of protection.


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A pillow mound 22m long. It is ditched with traces of an outer bank. It is now in rough grass surrounded by arable. Partial excavation took place in the 19th century.

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: 10223

Legacy System: RSM


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

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