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Bedford Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4136 / 51°24'48"N

Longitude: -3.468 / 3°28'4"W

OS Eastings: 298006

OS Northings: 169307

OS Grid: SS980693

Mapcode National: GBR HK.Q0F3

Mapcode Global: VH5HZ.TQZQ

Entry Name: Bedford Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3503

Cadw Legacy ID: GM113

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr)

Built-Up Area: Llantwit Major

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone.

The site consists of a small grass covered mound in the corner of a field south of Llanmaes church. The mound is roughly circular, 10m in diameter and 0.8m high, with a flattish top.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits.

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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