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Corn Drying Kiln 340m south of Cryn-Fryn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwrthwl, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2457 / 52°14'44"N

Longitude: -3.5027 / 3°30'9"W

OS Eastings: 297500

OS Northings: 261904

OS Grid: SN975619

Mapcode National: GBR YJ.0PSJ

Mapcode Global: VH5CX.7TM8

Entry Name: Corn Drying Kiln 340m S of Cryn-Fryn

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1978

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1799

Cadw Legacy ID: BR183

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Corn-drying kiln

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llanwrthwl

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of the remains of a corn drying kiln, a building used for drying corn prior to grinding, dating to the medieval period. The kiln comprises a roughly circular mound of stones enclosing a central opening measuring roughly 1.5m square. The side walls of the central area are stone-built, using large square blocks, and survive to around 1m in height. A flue, measuring 1m in width, enters the kiln from the S side. The kiln is unroofed and partly filled, and is located in an area of light woodland.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement and agricultural practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques, together with a strong probability of environmental evidence. A corn drying kiln may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

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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