This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Linear boundary on Stoke Down, 800m north of West Stoke House

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Linear boundary on Stoke Down, 800m north of West Stoke House

List entry Number: 1018564


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

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Funtington

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 21-Jan-1999

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

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31213

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 linear boundary on Stoke Down survives comparatively well, despite some later disturbance, and will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the construction and original function of the monument. The linear boundary is one of a wide range of broadly contemporary monuments situated in this area of the Downs, including flint mines and barrows, providing evidence for the developing pattern of land use during the prehistoric period.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes the best surviving, southern part of a roughly north east-south west aligned linear boundary, constructed along the western slope of a chalk spur which forms part of the Sussex Downs. The 94m long earthwork has a ditch up to about 4.5m wide and 0.3m deep, flanked to the west by a low bank up to 5m wide and 0.4m high. The earthworks have been partly disturbed by tree roots and towards its southern end, a short section of the earthwork has been levelled by a track, although traces of the ditch are likely to survive here in buried form. To the south west, the earthwork fades out as the ground slopes away. To the north east, the course of the linear boundary is marked by a modern field boundary for a distance of about 360m, but as the earthworks here have been significantly disturbed by rabbits and other modern activities, this area is not included in the scheduling. The modern fence which crosses the monument is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: SU 82586 09517


© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1018564 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 23-Sep-2018 at 01:23:39.

End of official listing