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Wat's Dyke: Section extending from Black Brook Bridge to Pentre-Clawdd

A Scheduled Monument in Ruabon (Rhiwabon), Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 52.9984 / 52°59'54"N

Longitude: -3.0179 / 3°1'4"W

OS Eastings: 331782

OS Northings: 345051

OS Grid: SJ317450

Mapcode National: GBR 74.H5FX

Mapcode Global: WH894.MW3Q

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section extending from Black Brook Bridge to Pentre-Clawdd

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 377

Cadw Legacy ID: DE154

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Ruabon (Rhiwabon)

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of the remains of a length of Wat’s Dyke, a presumed 8th century AD defensive bank and ditch. This stretch of dyke forms the boundary between cultivated and pasture fields. The scheduled area is divided into two parts; Section A (northern) and Section B (Southern).

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 dyke may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value practices.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and the areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled area comprises a linear strip enclosing the bank and ditch and c.30-37m wide.

Source: Cadw

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