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Nant Diliw Fechan Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.3819 / 52°22'54"N

Longitude: -3.703 / 3°42'10"W

OS Eastings: 284180

OS Northings: 277353

OS Grid: SN841773

Mapcode National: GBR 98.R2XT

Mapcode Global: VH5C6.RDQC

Entry Name: Nant Diliw Fechan Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 31 January 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1639

Cadw Legacy ID: CD192

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Rectangular hut

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises an early post-medieval dwelling, located immediately beside the Afon Diliw Fechan. The two room dwelling was substantially built and survives today in good condition along with two associated enclosures probably used for holding livestock. The farmstead is believed to date from the 16th or 17th century. It represents an important survival from the pre-forestry agricultural landscape of small farmsteads which once occupied the Diliw valley. Added interest is given by its proximity to other ruined buildings, some contemporary, others later.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of early post-medieval settlement. The monument forms an important element within the wider early post-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. Rectangular huts may be part of a larger cluster of settlements 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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