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Penbidwal Moated Site

A Scheduled Monument in Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.8943 / 51°53'39"N

Longitude: -2.9582 / 2°57'29"W

OS Eastings: 334160

OS Northings: 222181

OS Grid: SO341221

Mapcode National: GBR F8.QT0C

Mapcode Global: VH78V.NNZ6

Entry Name: Penbidwal Moated Site

Scheduled Date: 10 August 1983

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3144

Cadw Legacy ID: MM210

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Moated Site

Period: Medieval

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well-preserved medieval moated homestead. It consists of a square platform with a 1m high bank running along the S side. On the W, N and E sides there is a flat bottomed ditch up to 4m wide and 2m deep. On the S side the edge of the platform drops steeply to a modern road. The moated site may be the predecessor of Penbidwal House, built between 1550 and 1610, which is located to the NE. The 13th century memorial accounts refer to the “Reeve of Penbidwal” and it seems to have formed a demesne Lordship within the Lordship of Abergavenny.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of intact archaeological deposits and structural evidence.

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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