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Standing Stone, Llanwrthwl Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwrthwl, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2621 / 52°15'43"N

Longitude: -3.5022 / 3°30'7"W

OS Eastings: 297571

OS Northings: 263719

OS Grid: SN975637

Mapcode National: GBR 9J.ZQD8

Mapcode Global: VH5CX.7DWR

Entry Name: Standing Stone, Llanwrthwl Churchyard

Scheduled Date: 18 March 2011

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1353

Cadw Legacy ID: BR419

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanwrthwl

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises a massive slab of sandstone conglomerate located 2m from the SE corner of the S porch of St Gwrthwl’s Church, in a raised and part-circular churchyard on the floodplain of the Wye. It stands 1.82m above the present level of the churchyard and is an irregular trapezoid in plan, its faces measuring 1.00m (SW), 1.30m (NW), 1.50m (NE) and 0.8m (SE) wide. There is no evidence that the stone was once higher. Whilst the SE face is very flat and may have been worked, there are no signs of any inscription or decoration, suggesting a prehistoric origin. There are surface indications that the churchyard was formerly wholly circular, in which the stone would have been offset to the SW. The form of the churchyard and dedication of the church are indicative of an early medieval establishment.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. It is a rare example of a prehistoric standing stone located within a later ecclesiastical enclosure and has further potential to increase our understanding of the subsequent or continued use of such sites in the early medieval period.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and the area around them within which related evidence might be expected to survive. This is circular in area and 3m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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