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Afon Goch Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9503 / 52°57'1"N

Longitude: -3.8581 / 3°51'29"W

OS Eastings: 275258

OS Northings: 340834

OS Grid: SH752408

Mapcode National: GBR 61.L59Q

Mapcode Global: WH55Q.Q30J

Entry Name: Afon Goch Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 30 March 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1676

Cadw Legacy ID: ME191

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Longhouse

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument consists of the well preserved remains of 16 stone buildings, of varying forms, which are spread across an east facing slope overlooking the Afon Goch. There are at least three types of buildings present, including three examples of long multi-compartment buildings or longhouses, eleven compact rectangular long huts with one or two internal compartments, and two later buildings, probably 19th century hafodai. All of the buildings have individual interest but, combined, they present a well preserved fragment of historic landscape spanning many centuries of time, with the earliest potentially dating from the medieval period. They demonstrate a changing pattern of occupation and land use.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. Longhouses may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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