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Esgair Gaeo Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Llanddewi Brefi (Llanddewibrefi), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.1381 / 52°8'17"N

Longitude: -3.8659 / 3°51'57"W

OS Eastings: 272397

OS Northings: 250507

OS Grid: SN723505

Mapcode National: GBR Y1.7HQ8

Mapcode Global: VH4GT.YJ39

Entry Name: Esgair Gaeo Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 6 July 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1632

Cadw Legacy ID: CM298

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Rectangular hut

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llanddewi Brefi (Llanddewibrefi)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of a deserted rural settlement, probably dating to the medieval or post-medieval period. This compact upland farmstead is situated halfway along the valley at Esgair Gaeo. Well preserved features include the foundations of a once substantial stone walled building or long hut set within a large banked enclosure. Also within the enclosure is an earth platform which probably supported a timber or clom building, smaller associated pens, likely to have been used for herding animals and an unusual sunken “shelter” or hollow 8m x 4m in size.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation. The multiple features of this remote farmstead are well preserved and little disturbed. The archaeological potential of the site is very high, with internal and exterior floor levels likely to remain preserved beneath the current ground surface. Additional importance and interest is given by the unusual sunken feature within the enclosure unknown at other similar sites.

Source: Cadw

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