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Margam Medieval Bath House

A Scheduled Monument in Margam, Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

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Latitude: 51.5685 / 51°34'6"N

Longitude: -3.7284 / 3°43'42"W

OS Eastings: 280306

OS Northings: 186925

OS Grid: SS803869

Mapcode National: GBR H6.DDWJ

Mapcode Global: VH5H2.BTBZ

Entry Name: Margam Medieval Bath House

Scheduled Date: 26 June 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 828

Cadw Legacy ID: GM545

Schedule Class: Health and Welfare

Category: Bath-house

Period: Medieval

County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

Community: Margam

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of a bath-house, dating to the medieval period. The building is constructed of rubble stone with a vaulted roof and lime-washed walls. The central pool is L-shaped, about 1m in depth with a water inlet and steps leading down into it at the other end. It is located close to Margam Abbey and was part of the abbey estate. The present building was probably built in the 14th or 15th century AD to act as a baptistry for the congregation of the nearby Hen Eglwys.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Roman/medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques, together with a strong probability of environmental evidence. A bath-house may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can 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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