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Bay View Farm Defended Enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Brawdy (Breudeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.866 / 51°51'57"N

Longitude: -5.1219 / 5°7'18"W

OS Eastings: 185157

OS Northings: 223209

OS Grid: SM851232

Mapcode National: GBR CC.SQ6T

Mapcode Global: VH1R4.5CMC

Entry Name: Bay View Farm Defended Enclosure

Scheduled Date: 17 July 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1265

Cadw Legacy ID: PE540

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Enclosure - Defensive

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Brawdy (Breudeth)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument, also known as Bickney or Bigney, comprises the remains of a small earthwork defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43). It is located on a gentle S-facing slope within an enclosed pasture field. The enclosure is roughly circular in shape on plan and measures 50m in diameter. The low and spread earthwork bank defines a complete circuit, but is best preserved on the N side where it stands up to a maximum of 0.6m in height and 10m in width. There are slight traces of an outer ditch. A simple depression in the bank suggests that the entrance is located on the E side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, building techniques and functional detail.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape on plan and measures 60m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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