Information on Enclosure And Romano-british Settlement North-west Of Imber, Heytesbury

  • District name:Wiltshire (code: E06000054)
  • Parish name:Heytesbury
  • Grade:Not applicable to this List entry.
  • Legacy system:RSM
  • Legacy uid:10101
  • Date of most recent amendment:04-Jan-1990
  • 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 knowledge.
  • Point mapped:The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
  • Latitude:51.244367075364
  • Longtitude:-2.0678991820764
  • Easting:95357
  • Northing:49468
Enclosure And Romano-british Settlement North-west Of Imber is valuable for its historical worth and architectural features. This place is located in the Heytesbury in Wiltshire . It belongs to grade Not applicable to this List entry. of the Listed Buildings System categories and is registered under the UID number 10101. Apart from these sites, some other attractions surrounding this place include Ivy Cottage Silverthorne Cottage , Pillow Mound On Knook Down and Shore House .

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Designation 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 significance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Reasons for designation

The most complete and extensive survival of chalk downland archaeological remains in central southern England occurs on Salisbury Plain, particularly in those areas lying within the Salisbury Plain Training Area. These remains represent one of the few extant archaeological "landscapes" in Britain and are considered to be of special significance because they differ in character from those in other areas with comparable levels of preservation. Individual sites on Salisbury Plain are seen as being additionally important because the evidence of their direct association with each other survives so well.

Enclosures provide important evidence of land use and agricultural practices in the prehistoric/Romano-British period. The enclosures in the Salisbury Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and best preserved fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of these remains and their relationship with extensive field systems and settlement complexes, are of critical significance to understanding the character and development of Downland agriculture.

Prehistoric and later period villages surviving as earthworks are uncommon nationally, as are any associations with contemporary field systems or other landholdings. The significance of the examples in the Salisbury Plain Training Area is significantly enhanced by the demonstrable relationship between the settlements, field systems and major boundary earthworks which provide exceptionally complete evidence of human reorganisation of the landscape. This makes the examples in the Training Area worthy of national protection.


A sub-rectangular enclosure of Iron age/Romano-British date, possibly for stock. There are stages building platforms possibly of Romano-British date some 50 meters to the west. Partial excavation took place in the 19th c.. MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Trust for Wessex Archaeology - Date: 1987 - Type: DESC TEXT
  2. Book  Reference - Author: Wiltshire Library & Museum Service - Date: 1987 - Type: DESC TEXT


Source: English Heritage