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Offa's Dyke: Section from Footpath south of Pen-y-Bryn to Orseddwen

A Scheduled Monument in Weston Rhyn, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.9117 / 52°54'42"N

Longitude: -3.1111 / 3°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 325380

OS Northings: 335500

OS Grid: SJ253355

Mapcode National: GBR 71.NLS8

Mapcode Global: WH78K.52TM

Entry Name: Offa's Dyke: Section from Footpath S of Pen-y-Bryn to Orseddwen

Scheduled Date: 15 July 1930

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2952

Cadw Legacy ID: DE136

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Weston Rhyn

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Weston Rhyn St John

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


The monument consists of the remains of a length of Offa’s Dyke, a presumed 8th century AD defensive bank and ditch. It consists of a stretch of bank, with a ditch on the western side. This section of Offa’s Dyke climbs relatively steeply southward from the footpath south of Pen-y-Bryn. It passes between the two low summits east and west of Plas Crogen, before dropping down into the valley of Morlas Brook. The dyke then climbs again, passing to the west of Selattyn Hill to Orsedd Wen Farm.

This section of Offa’s Dyke forms the national boundary between England and Wales. It is crossed by several roads and tracks, and for much of its northern length it carries the Offa’s Dyke Path. It generally runs through cultivated and grazed agricultural land.

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 dyke may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and the areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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