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Ffridd Uchaf Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Trefriw, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.1676 / 53°10'3"N

Longitude: -3.8426 / 3°50'33"W

OS Eastings: 276921

OS Northings: 364967

OS Grid: SH769649

Mapcode National: GBR 62.4H1G

Mapcode Global: WH54K.YNC1

Entry Name: Ffridd Uchaf Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 23 July 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 935

Cadw Legacy ID: CN329

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Deserted Rural Settlement

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Conwy

Community: Trefriw

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument consists of the remains of a well-preserved multi-period deserted rural settlement, comprising two sites (A and B). Site A is a medieval platform settlement (20m by 25m) represented by three well-preserved rectangular platforms cut into the hill slope and surrounded by a later enclosure. Site B comprises the upstanding remains of a post-medieval stone-built farmstead (15m by 5m) with a levelled garden plot containing prominent cultivation ridges (15m sq) and a detached outbuilding (7m by 4.5m) surrounded by stock pens and enclosures. The sites are linked by a track which forms a crossroads between them. The site stands on a sheltered NE-facing shelf with spectacular views across the Conwy valley.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation and forms an important element in a wider medieval and post-medieval upland landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits, including preserved medieval ground surfaces below the monuments and intact palaeo-environmental remains. A deserted rural settlement may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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