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Hen Domen

A Scheduled Monument in Llansantffraid (Llansanffraid), Powys

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Latitude: 52.7616 / 52°45'41"N

Longitude: -3.1269 / 3°7'36"W

OS Eastings: 324050

OS Northings: 318814

OS Grid: SJ240188

Mapcode National: GBR 70.Z2XZ

Mapcode Global: WH793.YV48

Entry Name: Hen Domen

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2627

Cadw Legacy ID: MG103

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llansantffraid (Llansanffraid)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. This is a well-preserved motte, placed on rising ground above the Vymwy. The bailey has been ploughed out; although it was probably on the northern side. The ditch has also largely been ploughed, though still traceable in the north and west.

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

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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