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Medieval Settlement on Penybont Common

A Scheduled Monument in Penybont (Pen-y-bont), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2691 / 52°16'8"N

Longitude: -3.2809 / 3°16'51"W

OS Eastings: 312692

OS Northings: 264207

OS Grid: SO126642

Mapcode National: GBR 9T.Z4XF

Mapcode Global: VH69H.27WC

Entry Name: Medieval Settlement on Penybont Common

Scheduled Date: 26 November 1997

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11

Cadw Legacy ID: RD157

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Deserted Rural Settlement

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Penybont (Pen-y-bont)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument consists of the remains of a deserted rural settlement, probably dating to the medieval or post-medieval period and located on common land close to streams. Five rectangular house platforms are terraced into the sloping ground, each c.10-13m long and c.7-8m wide, some with traces of doorways in their long sides. There is one enclosure bank on the west, only visible on this one side and an extensive area of ridge and furrow with separating long field banks, measuring c.200m long and 100m wide with a terminal bank on the east.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A deserted rural settlement 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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