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Wat's Dyke: Section east and south east of Dyke Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Leeswood and Pontblyddyn, Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

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Latitude: 53.1468 / 53°8'48"N

Longitude: -3.0629 / 3°3'46"W

OS Eastings: 329009

OS Northings: 361598

OS Grid: SJ290615

Mapcode National: GBR 73.5LJD

Mapcode Global: WH77D.X5NF

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section E and SE of Dyke Farm

Scheduled Date: 1 October 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2207

Cadw Legacy ID: FL089

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

Community: Leeswood and Pontblyddyn

Traditional County: Flintshire


The monument consists of a linear earthwork, a substantial bank and ditch forming a major boundary between two adjacent landholdings. This is a 325m long section of Wat's Dyke, in which the bank mostly survives as a 1m scarp. The ditch is an average of 3m wide and 1.5m to 2m deep, though it reaches 5m wide in places and a depth of up to 3m. The ditch is overgrown and in places holds water. This section of the dyke is fenced off from the fields on either side for most of its length, and on the East the fence runs along the top of the bank.

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 a 10m wide strip beginning 56m to the north-west of Railway Cottages boundary wall, and extending for 250m to the north.

Source: Cadw

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