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A Scheduled Monument in Mainstone, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5009 / 52°30'3"N

Longitude: -3.072 / 3°4'19"W

OS Eastings: 327327

OS Northings: 289761

OS Grid: SO273897

Mapcode National: GBR B3.HGCV

Mapcode Global: VH75W.PDTN

Entry Name: Caer-Din

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2993

Cadw Legacy ID: MG091

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Mainstone

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Mainstone

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork/stone-built enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or medieval. Caer Din comprises a univallate defended enclosure situated on hilltop. It measures 92m E-W by 88.0m transversely, and consists of a single rampart measuring c 9.0m wide, 0.5m internally and 2.2m externally. An outer ditch is not visible, except on aerial photography. The site is situated in a regularly ploughed field, but the banks are covered in grass and gorse. A sunken track runs across the site, from the original entrance in the E side to a more modern break in the SW corner. There is a fairly large depression in the interior of the enclosure.

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, building techniques and functional detail.

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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