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Criccieth Castle, Outer Bank Defences

A Scheduled Monument in Criccieth (Cricieth), Gwynedd

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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

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3184

Cadw Legacy ID: CN173

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

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.

Source: Cadw

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