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Chapel Hill Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

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Latitude: 51.4905 / 51°29'25"N

Longitude: -3.6019 / 3°36'6"W

OS Eastings: 288881

OS Northings: 178061

OS Grid: SS888780

Mapcode National: GBR HC.K8QP

Mapcode Global: VH5HJ.JS5Q

Entry Name: Chapel Hill Camp

Scheduled Date: 4 July 1956

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 400

Cadw Legacy ID: GM248

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

Community: Merthyr Mawr

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of an earthwork enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or medieval. It comprises a single bank and ditch, generally reduced to a scarp, enclosing an area c. 92m east to west by 68m. In the north west interior is a lesser enclosure containing the remains of St Roque’s Chapel (Scheduled Ancient Monument GM247).

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric/medieval defensive organization and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric or medieval context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong possibility 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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