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HER No.:12454
Type of Record:Monument


Linear earthworks, nature uncertain, immediately east of barrows (HER 116).

Grid Reference:TL 092 271
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Full Description

<1> RAF, 1945-1955, RAF Aerial Photos, QB 33-34 & SB 21-22, December 1946 (Aerial Photograph). SBD10536.

Linear earthworks apparent on Galley Hill immediately east of barrows. At TL 093 271.

<2> Nature Conservancy Council, 1988, Biological Survey of Common Land (Unpublished document). SBD10857.

Management: Little management is carried out now, and much of the grassland is very rank - up to 1m high, and often becoming mesotrophic There has been no grazing for many years, with rabbits making little impact. Scrub clearance has been carried out by NACRO. South-western areas have been mown in the past, first for amenity, then more sympathetically, though cuttings have not been removed. There is some mowing on path edges. The common needs grazing, with continued scrub control, which leads to fencing problems, even if stock were available. Effect of removal of growth can be seen around point (A), where reasonable chalk grassland has developed on the occasionally mown 'rough' of the golf course. If grazing not possible, then at least annual mowing and removal of cuttings necessary on parts of site.

<3> South Beds District Council, 1993, Beds Wildlife Working Group Manual of Wildlife Sites & Species Protection (Unpublished document). SBD10759.

County Wildlife Site containing chalk habitats. Site comprised: Galley and Warden Hills SSSI; and an area of calacreous grassland on Dray's Ditches and adjacent to north, TL 088264

Protected Status:

  • Archaeological Notification Area
  • Archaeological Notification Area (AI) HER12454: LINEAR EARTHWORKS, Galley Hill

Monument Type(s):

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events: None recorded

Sources and Further Reading

[1]SBD10536 - Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945-1955. RAF Aerial Photos. QB 33-34 & SB 21-22, December 1946.
[2]SBD10857 - Unpublished document: Nature Conservancy Council. 1988. Biological Survey of Common Land.
[3]SBD10759 - Unpublished document: South Beds District Council. 1993. Beds Wildlife Working Group Manual of Wildlife Sites & Species Protection.