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Pentre-Cwrt Pillbox

A Scheduled Monument in Llandyfriog (Llandyfrïog), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.0286 / 52°1'43"N

Longitude: -4.3526 / 4°21'9"W

OS Eastings: 238696

OS Northings: 239305

OS Grid: SN386393

Mapcode National: GBR DD.G90X

Mapcode Global: VH3KP.H8SP

Entry Name: Pentre-Cwrt Pillbox

Scheduled Date: 14 January 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1245

Cadw Legacy ID: CD260

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Pillbox

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llandyfriog (Llandyfrïog)

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument consists of a reinforced concrete pillbox, dating to the early period of World War II (AD 1940-41). The pillbox is located in a field of pasture at NGR SN 38699 39304. It was sited on high ground and faces SSW over the Pont Allt-y-Cafan across the Afon Teifi, to the E of the Carmarthen Stop-Line. The pillbox is built to standard War Office FW3/24 'bullet proof' specifications, possessing seven narrow splay embrasures. It is an irregular hexagon in shape on plan and measures c. 4.62m in length WNW-ESE by 3.83m transversely and a maximum of 2.8m in height externally. The concrete foundation raft is visible on the E side and projects 0.3m beyond the exterior wall faces. The walls measure 0.4m in thickness. The internal anti-ricochet wall survives and retains the pillbox's number (No. 71) painted at the doorway. The latter is a rare survival.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of World War II anti-invasion practices. The monument is well preserved. It is an important relic of actions taken against the perceived threat of a German invasion from Ireland. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled area is circular and measures 15m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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