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Latitude: 52.9165 / 52°54'59"N
Longitude: -4.2329 / 4°13'58"W
OS Eastings: 249961
OS Northings: 337791
OS Grid: SH499377
Mapcode National: GBR 5K.NB76
Mapcode Global: WH44D.YYHH
Entry Name: Criccieth Castle, Outer Bank Defences
Source ID: 3184
Cadw Legacy ID: CN173
Schedule Class: Defence
Community: Criccieth (Cricieth)
Built-Up Area: Criccieth
Traditional County: Caernarfonshire
This site consists of an area outside the wall which at present encloses the castle rock, leading from the entrance and visitor centre to where the land drops away to the sea.
The area around the visitor centre consists of mown grass and looks as though it may have been landscaped, perhaps when the centre was built. There are groups of ornamental shrubs. The small concrete-surfaced yard at the back of the visitor centre is included in the SA.
W of the visitor centre, the grassy area rises quite sharply up from the road (probably due to the making of the latter), and then dips down towards the boundary wall. This may well be the remains of a ditch. Further W again, a definite bank does seem to be detectable just above and about 1.5 m from the edge of the road cutting. This bank seems to disappear under the boundary wall at the beginning of the car parking area. There are groups of shrubs planted in the mown grass here too, and one smallish sycamore.
The car parking area has been increased since the 1:10,000 map was drawn and now extends to within a few metres of the cliff-edge fence (but the new area was not part of the SA). Between it and the boundary wall is a strip of verge 1 - 2 m wide which rises up to the foot of the wall, but this may be the natural lie of the land. The E part of this strip is not scheduled.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defence. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.
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