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First World War Practice Trenches at Bodelwyddan Park

A Scheduled Monument in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.2579 / 53°15'28"N

Longitude: -3.4999 / 3°29'59"W

OS Eastings: 300041

OS Northings: 374477

OS Grid: SJ000744

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z0R.2V

Mapcode Global: WH65H.6CNT

Entry Name: First World War Practice Trenches at Bodelwyddan Park

Scheduled Date: 24 May 1995

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2231

Cadw Legacy ID: FL186

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Practice trenches

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Bodelwyddan

Traditional County: Flintshire


The monument consists of the remains of World War I practice trenches and includes two firing trenches, which average about 1m deep and 1m wide and lie in uncultivated grassland. The front trench is sharply traversed and connected by communication trenches dug in zig-zags. To the west and sited uphill from the trenches is an earthwork which might be the position of the command post. Surrounding the trenches are numerous shell holes, indicating that the trenches were used for active training for firing.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of World War I military techniques. The monument retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. Practice trenches may be part of a larger cluster of anti-invasion defences 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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