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Three Highworth circles 600m east of North Leaze Farm

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: Three Highworth circles 600m east of North Leaze Farm

List entry Number: 1018221

Location

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

County:

District: Swindon

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Highworth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-Sep-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Jan-1998

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28973

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Highworth circles are a type of earthwork enclosure found mostly in north east Wiltshire, with a few outliers north of the Thames in Oxfordshire. Although they are known as `circles' their form varies from circular or sub-circular, with diameters of between 40m and 90m, to sub-rectangular. All have a wide flat bottomed ditch with an external bank. Despite limited fieldwork and excavation their date remains uncertain. Although sharing characteristics with henge monuments of Neolithic date, Highworth circles, located almost entirely within the Hundred of Highworth, may be suggested as being of medieval date, possibly constructed for stock management. Over 40 examples have been recorded, many of them reduced by modern cultivation. All examples exhibiting significant survival of archaeological remains will normally be identified as nationally important. Despite being partly levelled by cultivation, the three Highworth circles 600m east of North Leaze Farm will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes three enclosures, known as Highworth circles, located 600m east of North Leaze Farm. The site lies on a clay plain below the slopes of Little Crouch Hill to the south west. Two of the enclosures are aligned north to south with a third enclosure located just to the west. All three enclosures are approximately circular and survive partly as low earthworks which include a ditch surrounded by an outer bank. The remainder of the enclosure circuits are visible on aerial photographs and allow overall diameters of 78m, 80m and 96m respectively for the northern, central and southernmost enclosures to be calculated. All fence posts 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. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: SU 19652 95530

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