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Tomen y Faerdre

A Scheduled Monument in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8066 / 52°48'23"N

Longitude: -3.2643 / 3°15'51"W

OS Eastings: 314871

OS Northings: 323977

OS Grid: SJ148239

Mapcode National: GBR 6T.WCKT

Mapcode Global: WH78V.TQR8

Entry Name: Tomen y Faerdre

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2945

Cadw Legacy ID: DE122

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

Traditional County: Denbighshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Tomen y Faerdre is a well-preserved motte with fragments of an encircling rock-cut ditch. The motte is approximately 10.6m high, and the summit approximately 13m in diameter. The ditch is 2m deep maximum.

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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