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Round Barrow 90m north east of Pipton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Gwernyfed, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0352 / 52°2'6"N

Longitude: -3.2144 / 3°12'51"W

OS Eastings: 316791

OS Northings: 238117

OS Grid: SO167381

Mapcode National: GBR YX.FWVR

Mapcode Global: VH6BP.73JN

Entry Name: Round Barrow 90m NE of Pipton Farm

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1024

Cadw Legacy ID: BR079

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Gwernyfed

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of an earth and stone mound located on low-lying ground to the west of the Afon Llynfi, close to Pipton House and the site of a former chapel. The mound measures 19m in diameter and 1.7m high and was identified by H.N. Savory as a Bronze Age round barrow. A subsequent small-scale excavated revealed the mound to be composed largely of rough building stone with many pieces of flagstone, some of which have been shaped and squared. No structure or foundations were identified during the excavation, but the site was interpreted as the remains of a building, possibly an isolated defensive round tower. Other possibilities have been proposed, including a medieval viewing platform, or, with the adjacent chapel, part of a fortified ecclesiastical site mentioned in the Callander of Close Rolls in 1233, or a small castle. The mound is depicted on the 1st Edition OS maps and so is evidently of some antiquity.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of construction techniques. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

Source: Cadw

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