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Long Hut North of Cwm Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Llanaelhaearn, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9887 / 52°59'19"N

Longitude: -4.3327 / 4°19'57"W

OS Eastings: 243514

OS Northings: 346034

OS Grid: SH435460

Mapcode National: GBR 5F.HPZJ

Mapcode Global: WH445.F41L

Entry Name: Long Hut North of Cwm Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 133

Cadw Legacy ID: CN309

Schedule Class: Unassigned

Category: Rectangular hut

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanaelhaearn

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a rectangular hut or long hut, which probably dates to the medieval period. The hut stands on an artificial earthen platform and is set at ninety degrees to the natural slope of the ground. The building measures 14.5m x 6m externally and survives today in the form of the lower stone foundations which measure up to 1m wide and 0.5m high. The building had two opposed entrances and an internal subdivision within producing two rooms, the larger of which measured c. 8m x 4m. It could have been associated with the monastic land holdings at Cwm mentioned in the 1200 Aberconwy charter.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the scheduled area may be expected to contain a wide range of archaeological information, including chronological detail and evidence in regard to construction techniques and agricultural methods. Surviving internal floor levels may also survive. Rectangular huts may be part of a larger cluster of settlement and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

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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