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Four lynchets 610m west of Kingston Dairy

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Four lynchets 610m west of Kingston Dairy

List entry Number: 1016910


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Kingston Deverill

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Sep-1999

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31680

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Lynchets provide distinctive traces of medieval and earlier agricultural activities in downland areas, indicating the level of intensity of land use and farming practices through time. They are formed as a result of ploughing on steep valley sides, often adjacent to extensive areas of ridge and furrow on flat land. The lynchets to the west of Kingston Dairy represent a well preserved set of medieval fields illustrating the intensity of land use at this time. They are well documented, appearing on a mid-18th century map, and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the fields and their surrounding landscape.


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The monument comprises four lynchets or cultivation terraces forming part of a medieval field system set on the steep north facing slope of Court Hill, a chalk promontory overlooking the Wylye Valley. The lynchets are 11m wide consisting of a scarp or riser up to 1.5m high and a flat platform or tread. They are orientated approximately east to west along the slope. The uppermost lynchet is 366m long. To the west it forms the northern boundary of a small plantation, while to the east it is topped by the fenceline of a field to the south. The second lynchet below this is 280m long. To the west it ends at the line of a hollow way which runs up the slope at an angle for a length of 130m. This is thought to be the track from which the fields were reached. The third lynchet which is 200m long, also abutts the hollow way to the west and joins the second lynchet to the east. The fourth and lowest lynchet is 173m long and almost at the bottom of the slope. The fields are shown as individual plots on a 1749 map of the estate of the Viscount of Weymouth. All fenceposts and cattle troughs 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.

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National Grid Reference: ST 83706 36985


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