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Charlton Down Ditch


<b>Charlton Down Ditch</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 01/05/10
Nearest Town:Shaftesbury (6km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   ST918202 / Sheet: 184
Latitude:50° 58' 50.04" N
Longitude:   2° 7' 0.56" W

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This is a surprisingly large structure on the Wiltshire / Dorset border. It's 365metres long with a 40 metre gap where the modern road cuts through it.
This is part of a group of cross ridge dykes which straddle the Dorset / Wiltshire border, thought to be iron age in date their purpose is uncertain. They appear to mark the extent of an area of land, but do not appear to be for defensive use as they are not long enough and only extend across the tops of hills.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
1st May 2010ce
Edited 25th December 2010ce