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Enclosure on Banc Pwlldrainllwyn

A Scheduled Monument in Llangwyryfon, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.3051 / 52°18'18"N

Longitude: -4.0275 / 4°1'39"W

OS Eastings: 261857

OS Northings: 269380

OS Grid: SN618693

Mapcode National: GBR 8V.WT5W

Mapcode Global: VH4FZ.4BN7

Entry Name: Enclosure on Banc Pwlldrainllwyn

Scheduled Date: 21 July 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1899

Cadw Legacy ID: CD151

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llangwyryfon

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises an unusual and well-preserved enclosure complex which predates the surviving enclosure and settlement pattern. It is probably medieval in date. The monument consists of a banked enclosure in the form of a figure of eight with the smaller element [Item A] to the north. An external ditch survives on the downhill side and there are some internal divisions and breaches in the bank. At the junction of the two elements are the rectangular stone footings of a dwelling [Item B]. Running south from this enclosure [Item C], for about 70 metres, is a low bank [Item D] crossing marshy ground to a secondary small circular enclosure [Item E].

No similar farmstead with two banked enclosures is known in the uplands of the Cambrian Mountains and this site is evidence of a period of exploitation which pre-dates the present pattern of evidence. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider medieval context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability 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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