Aldermaston Soke

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Aldermaston Soke
Aldermaston Soke is located in Hampshire
Aldermaston Soke
Aldermaston Soke
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU6163
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
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51°22′N 1°07′W / 51.36°N 01.12°W / 51.36; -01.12Coordinates: 51°22′N 1°07′W / 51.36°N 01.12°W / 51.36; -01.12

Aldermaston Soke is a hamlet that lies on the county boundary between Berkshire and Hampshire, and is administratively part of the civil parish of Mortimer West End, which was transferred from Berkshire to Hampshire in 1879.[1]

Archaeological interest[edit]

The settlement lies on marshy ground at the bottom of a valley, very near Silchester (Roman Calleva Atrebatum). The modern road follows the course of a Roman road through the hamlet, diverging either side of it.[2] It has been suggested that the dampness of the ground led to a short section of Roman road remaining in use in Aldermaston Soke as a causeway through the valley bottom.[3]

Botanical interest[edit]

The damp ground also makes the location of interest to botanists, as a number of plant species that are rare in Britain have been attested here:[4]

Aldermaston Soke has a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) just to the west. It is called Decoy Pit, Pools and Woods.[5]


  1. ^ M.J. Crawley, "The Botanist in Berkshire: A Plant Hunter's Guide", p. 44. Accessed 10 February 2008.
  2. ^ Ivan Donald Margary, Roman Roads in Britain. 3rd edition, London: J. Baker, 1973. p. 131. ISBN 0-212-97001-1
  3. ^ George C. Boon, Roman Silchester: The Archaeology of a Romano-British Town (1957), p. 203.
  4. ^ Michael J. Crawley, Rare Plant Register Berkshire and South Oxfordshire Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine (2005), pp. 27, 30, 72, 137, 138, 208.
  5. ^ "Magic Map Application". Retrieved 2017-03-19.

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