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Llanwnnen Ring Motte

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwnnen, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.1031 / 52°6'11"N

Longitude: -4.1421 / 4°8'31"W

OS Eastings: 253384

OS Northings: 247136

OS Grid: SN533471

Mapcode National: GBR DP.9M70

Mapcode Global: VH4GW.5D3M

Entry Name: Llanwnnen Ring Motte

Scheduled Date: 3 July 1958

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1881

Cadw Legacy ID: CD117

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Ringwork

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llanwnnen

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the early part of the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). The monument consists of a semi circular earthwork built on the edge of a steep drop to the river. It is c.18m in diameter, the defences being on the west side and reaching c.2.5m above the interior and c.4.5m above the exterior. There are slight indications of a ditch on the north side in the neighbouring field.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement, organisation and defence. The site forms an important element within the wider medieval landscape. It is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, building techniques and functional detail.

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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