Lower Paxcroft Farm, Hilperton, Wiltshire: Analytical Earthwork Survey

Author(s): Edward Caswell

In 2014 English Heritage’s Assessment Team (West) undertook an analytical survey of earthworks to the east of Lower Paxcroft Farm, near Hilperton in Wiltshire. The earthworks had been identified from aerial photographs as part of the West Wiltshire National Archaeological Identification Survey (NAIS) Project. The earthwork survey, combined with desk-based research, defined the remains of an irregular row settlement aligned along the edge of a hollow-way which has marked the boundary of Steeple Ashton Parish for centuries. The earthworks and documentary sources indicate that the settlement saw at least one phase of growth before suffering a staged decline which extended into the 19th century. It was placed along the hollow-way to provide ready access both to Steeple Ashton’s common and the enclosed arable fields north of the site.

Report Number:
Research Department Reports
Settlement Earthwork


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