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Offa's Dyke: Chirk Park Section extending 340m north east of Home Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Chirk (Y Waun), Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 52.9386 / 52°56'19"N

Longitude: -3.09 / 3°5'23"W

OS Eastings: 326844

OS Northings: 338471

OS Grid: SJ268384

Mapcode National: GBR 71.LZWV

Mapcode Global: WH78C.HDTJ

Entry Name: Offa's Dyke: Chirk Park Section extending 340m NE of Home Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2333

Cadw Legacy ID: DE198

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of a linear earthwork, a substantial bank and ditch forming a major boundary between two adjacent landholdings, and of presumed AD 8th century date. The bank has been ploughed down but is still a prominent grassed earthwork running around 340m north-east to south-west from Home Farm. It measures 9m wide and between 1m and 1.5m high with the depression of the ditch still visible on the west side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of early medieval defensive organisation and settlement. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A linear earthwork 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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