Medieval strip lynchets 280m west of Hill Barn


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Ordnance survey map of Medieval strip lynchets 280m west of Hill Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Kingston Deverill
National Grid Reference:
ST 85792 36454

Reasons for Designation

Strip lynchets provide distinctive indications of medieval cultivation. They occur widely in southern and south eastern England, and are prominent features on the Wessex chalkland. Each lynchet or terrace has two components, consisting of a scarp or `riser' and flat strip or `tread'. They can be up to 200m in length, and whilst many systems include only two or three lynchets, some have five, six or more - as in this case. The strip lynchets 280m west of Hill Barn are in excellent condition and provide an important insight into medieval farming practices in this area. They are well documented, appearing on a mid-18th century map, and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


The monument includes the best preserved portion of a flight of eight lynchets, or cultivation terraces, situated on the steep eastern side of a small dry valley cut into Middle Chalk to the south of Monkton Deverill. The lynchets comprise two elements: the steep risers which are up to 7.5m high and the flat treads up to 30m wide. The main group runs approximately north-south along the east side of the valley for 980m although the uppermost lynchet follows the scarp to the north east around the bluff of the valley for a further 140m within a plantation. Along this stretch another lynchet runs parallel to it lower down the slope. The upper two lynchets within the valley end at a fenceline above another plantation beyond which they have been reduced by ploughing and are visible only as soilmarks Four lynchets below this run partly or entirely within the second plantation. The lowest lynchet is situated on the gently sloping valley bottom separated from the rest by a tread 30m wide which is surmounted by a track. The lynchets are depicted as individual plots of land on a 1749 map of the estate of the Viscount of Weymouth. Only the best preserved sections of the lynchets are included in the area of scheduling, the areas within the plantations where the remains are less well defined are not included. All fenceposts and cattle troughs are excluded from scheduling, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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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.

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