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Tomen y Clawdd

A Scheduled Monument in Llantwit Fardre (Llanilltud Faerdref), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.5698 / 51°34'11"N

Longitude: -3.3121 / 3°18'43"W

OS Eastings: 309161

OS Northings: 186476

OS Grid: ST091864

Mapcode National: GBR HR.D9MC

Mapcode Global: VH6DR.JSXY

Entry Name: Tomen y Clawdd

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3466

Cadw Legacy ID: GM064

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Llantwit Fardre (Llanilltud Faerdref)

Built-Up Area: Church Village

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a motte dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). Tomen y Clawdd is situated at the confluence of two streams on high ground on the edge of the uplands. The uplands were under Welsh control and this area may have marked the northern limit of Norman control in this region. This earthwork castle consists of a motte with steep sides with a circular, flat top. The ditch is boggy in places and may have originally held water.

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

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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