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Town Wall and Gatehouse at Captain's Walk

A Scheduled Monument in Brecon (Aberhonddu), Powys

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Latitude: 51.9458 / 51°56'44"N

Longitude: -3.3911 / 3°23'27"W

OS Eastings: 304482

OS Northings: 228392

OS Grid: SO044283

Mapcode National: GBR YP.MMG8

Mapcode Global: VH6BZ.5CM6

Entry Name: Town Wall and Gatehouse at Captain's Walk

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1972

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 778

Cadw Legacy ID: BR177

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Town Wall

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Built-Up Area: Brecon

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stretch of the medieval town wall, including the remains of a gatehouse, that extend along the southern edge of the medieval town of Brecon. The section of wall measures 45m in length and comprises a substantial earthen bank 9m wide and 1.5m high fronted by a masonry wall around 4m in height. This wall has been repaired and repointed on multiple occasions since the medieval period, including the addition of new coping stones along the top of the wall. These works have significantly altered the appearance of the wall, although the bulk of the structure is likely to be of medieval origin. The gatehouse is located to the west of the extant section of wall. It is of coursed rubble construction and comprises two parallel sections of walling around 4m high, between which there was a single pointed arch, the springer for which can be seen on the E wall. The gatehouse has recently undergone significant conservation and consolidation works.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation and of the growth of towns. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

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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