Linear boundary earthwork west of Liddington Castle


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016391

Date first listed: 29-Jan-1998


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

District: Swindon (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Liddington

National Grid Reference: SU 20678 79618


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Reasons for Designation

Linear boundaries are substantial earthwork features comprising single or multiple ditches and banks which may extend over distances varying between less than 1km to over 10km. They survive as earthworks or as linear features visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs or as a combination of both. The evidence of excavation and study of associated monuments demonstrate that their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although they may have been re-used later. The scale of many linear boundaries has been taken to indicate that they were constructed by large social groups and were used to mark important boundaries in the landscape; their impressive scale displaying the corporate prestige of their builders. They would have been powerful symbols, often with religious associations, used to define and order the territorial holdings of those groups who constructed them. Linear earthworks are of considerable importance for the analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age; all well preserved examples will normally merit statutory protection.

The surviving section of linear boundary earthwork west of Liddington Castle hillfort is well preserved and has the potential to provide important information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a length of linear boundary earthwork located west of Liddington Castle hillfort, on the northern scarp of the Wiltshire chalklands with views north and west across the Thames valley and south across the Marlborough Downs. The boundary earthwork includes a ditch 3m wide to the north of which is a bank 6m wide and up to 1m high above the base of the ditch. The earthwork survives for a length of 49m running in a south westerly direction. It continues further to the west for approximately 100m but has been levelled by cultivation and is not included in the scheduling. The eastern end of the earthwork has been truncated by chalk quarrying. All fenceposts are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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: 28978

Legacy System: RSM

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