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Wat's Dyke at Crispin Lane, Wrexham

A Scheduled Monument in Rhosddu (Rhos-ddu), Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 53.0537 / 53°3'13"N

Longitude: -3.001 / 3°0'3"W

OS Eastings: 332998

OS Northings: 351188

OS Grid: SJ329511

Mapcode National: GBR 75.CPHP

Mapcode Global: WH88Y.WH3S

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke at Crispin Lane, Wrexham

Scheduled Date: 12 March 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3946

Cadw Legacy ID: DE286

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Rhosddu (Rhos-ddu)

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of a linear earthwork, a substantial bank and ditch forming a major boundary between two adjacent landholdings. These two sections of Wat's Dyke are bounded to the west by Crispin Lane where it is probable that the modern road overlies the original western ditch. The northern section measures some 80m long x 10m wide x 1.5m high. The southern section measures some 75m long x 8m wide, increasing in height from 1.0m at its southern end to 2.0m at its northern terminal.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of early medieval defensive organisation and settlement. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A linear earthwork may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can 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. It is in two parts with a rectangular northern section measuring 80m x 10m, aligned on the monument. The southern section is also rectangular and measures 80m x 10m, aligned on the monument.

Source: Cadw

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