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Hen Castell

A Scheduled Monument in Llangattock (Llangatwg), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8422 / 51°50'31"N

Longitude: -3.144 / 3°8'38"W

OS Eastings: 321285

OS Northings: 216572

OS Grid: SO212165

Mapcode National: GBR F0.V2RR

Mapcode Global: VH6CH.GY8N

Entry Name: Hen Castell

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1723

Cadw Legacy ID: BR056

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Moated Site

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llangattock (Llangatwg)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well-preserved medieval moated homestead. The possibly once rectangular mound is surrounded by flat bottomed ditch. The top of the mound is about 3m high from the ditch bottom. The mound is a mass of fallen masonry, with fairly large pieces of course rag stone. The edges are generally a little higher than the centre, and a straight wall face can be made out for a length of 3m on the south side, suggesting it was once a rectangular keep measuring around 15m by 10m.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of intact archaeological deposits and structural evidence.

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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