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Kendricks Cave & Upper Kendricks Cave

A Scheduled Monument in Llandudno, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.3283 / 53°19'41"N

Longitude: -3.8336 / 3°50'0"W

OS Eastings: 277983

OS Northings: 382830

OS Grid: SH779828

Mapcode National: GBR 1YNY.VM

Mapcode Global: WH64Y.2LRT

Entry Name: Kendricks Cave & Upper Kendricks Cave

Scheduled Date: 16 August 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 211

Cadw Legacy ID: CN191

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Cave

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Llandudno

Built-Up Area: Llandudno

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument consists of a cave containing archaeological deposits that can date from as early as the Palaeolithic period. A cave may have been used for occupation, storage, burial, refuse, or as a temporary shelter.

Kenrick’s Cave consists of two caves called Lower Cave and Upper Cave. The site takes it name from a 19th Century occupant of the cave called ‘Mr Kendrick, who appears to have excavated part of the cave whilst extending his area of occupation. There is some confusion as to whether the archaeological material originated from the Upper or Lower cave. The finds include incised animal bones possibly dating to the Palaeolithic period.

The Lower Cave is entered via an Edwardian summerhouse built against the near vertical limestone rock face overlooking Llandudno. The Upper Cave has two adjacent entrances, immediately above the lower cave. These open into a chamber which once contained a four roomed dwelling occupied by Kendrick himself. The plaster walls and foundations of this structure can still be seen.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement, ritual and funerary practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and 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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