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Deserted Settlements 800m north of Blaenau Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Llywel, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8643 / 51°51'51"N

Longitude: -3.6738 / 3°40'25"W

OS Eastings: 284840

OS Northings: 219740

OS Grid: SN848197

Mapcode National: GBR Y9.SPCT

Mapcode Global: VH5FR.8DNN

Entry Name: Deserted Settlements 800m N of Blaenau Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 April 1991

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 772

Cadw Legacy ID: BR194

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Deserted Rural Settlement

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Powys

Community: Llywel

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of the remains of a deserted rural settlement, probably dating to the post-medieval period. The site comprises a group of platforms scooped/built up out of the hillside, several of which display remains of rubble-built buildings or structures, covering and area measuring roughly 350m N/S by 80m E/W. The platforms lie either side of a deeply engorged stream which flows NW/SE to the Tawe, between 340m and 370m AOD. The site is dissected by two tracks which probably post-date the use of the settlement. To the SW of the stream lie three platforms, a possible platform and a cairn, together with a substantial stone-built sheepfold, probably of more recent date, while to the NE of the stream lie a further seven definite platforms, one with a structure on it, one possible platform and three vague platforms, together with two lengths of revetment bank and three possible clearance cairns.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A deserted rural settlement 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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