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Tir Hir Medieval Platform

A Scheduled Monument in Ystrad Fflur, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2584 / 52°15'30"N

Longitude: -3.8235 / 3°49'24"W

OS Eastings: 275638

OS Northings: 263818

OS Grid: SN756638

Mapcode National: GBR 93.ZWSY

Mapcode Global: VH4G8.PH1J

Entry Name: Tir Hir Medieval Platform

Scheduled Date: 22 December 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 844

Cadw Legacy ID: CD184

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: House platform

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ystrad Fflur

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


This unusually large earth platform measures c. 40m x 9m and is surrounded by a prominent earth bank. The platform appears to be divided into two parts with a good possibility that there are structural remains, perhaps the foundations of a building, at its upper end.

Large platforms of this form are rare in Wales. Those known in England are usually of medieval date and associated with large scale sheep rearing, often connected with monastic orders. The proximity of this platform to Strata Florida Abbey would support a similar date and interpretation.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the scheduled area may be expected to contain a wide range of archaeological information, including chronological detail and evidence in regard to construction techniques and agricultural methods. House platforms may be part of a larger cluster of settlement and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

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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