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Llethrau Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Beguildy (Bugeildy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.441 / 52°26'27"N

Longitude: -3.2641 / 3°15'50"W

OS Eastings: 314169

OS Northings: 283308

OS Grid: SO141833

Mapcode National: GBR 9V.M91T

Mapcode Global: VH68J.CXR3

Entry Name: Llethrau Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2601

Cadw Legacy ID: RD107

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Beguildy (Bugeildy)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork/stone-built enclosure. The date or precise nature of Llethrau Camp is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or possibly medieval. It is a small oval enclosure, measuring c.50m east-west by c.42m, lying on a north-east facing slope close to the headwaters of the river Teme. Its single line of defences has been much reduced by past cultivation, apart from a portion within a former copse on the west. Around much of the circuit, only the bank survives, and even this is reduced to a scarp on the north. On the west, however, it reaches a maximum height of c.1.1m and is accompanied by a visible outer ditch. There are traces of a possible simple entrance gap on the east.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, 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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