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Latitude: 51.8848 / 51°53'5"N
Longitude: -3.1843 / 3°11'3"W
OS Eastings: 318581
OS Northings: 221354
OS Grid: SO185213
Mapcode National: GBR YY.RJR9
Mapcode Global: VH6C8.RWFH
Entry Name: Tretower Shrunken Medieval Settlement
Scheduled Date: 28 November 1997
Source ID: 3661
Cadw Legacy ID: BR238
Schedule Class: Domestic
Category: Shrunken Medieval Village
Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)
Traditional County: Brecknockshire
The monument consists of a shrunken village dating to the medieval period. This is a settlement where previous house sites are now unoccupied, but visible as earthworks, crop or soil marks. An estate map of 1587 shows the settlement included a number of houses, a large courtyard house, roads, boundaries and tracks. The settlement is located in a field north of Tretower Castle, and west of St John's Church. Maps dating to the 16th and 17th century also show a cluster of buildings around a roadway, with boundaries and tracks running between seven houses. Archaeological evaluation of a small section of the area proved two main phases of activity in the south eastern corners of the site. The medieval domestic or smithying activity, structural and industrial features were of 13th to 14th century date. The 18th or 19th century evidence included a building with a paved and pitched stone floor, with slag and industrial features.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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