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Cardigan Town Walls

A Scheduled Monument in Cardigan (Aberteifi), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.0829 / 52°4'58"N

Longitude: -4.6601 / 4°39'36"W

OS Eastings: 217824

OS Northings: 246063

OS Grid: SN178460

Mapcode National: GBR CZ.BYJC

Mapcode Global: VH2MP.5XQ4

Entry Name: Cardigan Town Walls

Scheduled Date: 5 November 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 749

Cadw Legacy ID: CD141

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Town Wall

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Cardigan (Aberteifi)

Built-Up Area: Cardigan

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of two surviving stretches of the medieval town wall of Cardigan, thought to have been built in the 13th century or later. The northern stretch, which marks a substantial change in level in the area between Chancery Lane and Pwllhai, has been much refurbished over the years, the thick footings probably being the medieval part. The southern stretch, to the rear of 43 St Mary Street, has an arch within it which might be part of the town gate.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation and of the growth of towns. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard 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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