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Latitude: 53.1217 / 53°7'17"N
Longitude: -3.0333 / 3°1'59"W
OS Eastings: 330947
OS Northings: 358774
OS Grid: SJ309587
Mapcode National: GBR 74.77PQ
Mapcode Global: WH88K.CSTR
Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section N of Bryn Estyn
Source ID: 2211
Cadw Legacy ID: FL118
Schedule Class: Monument
Category: Linear earthwork
Period: Early Medieval
County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)
Community: Hope (Yr Hob)
Built-Up Area: Hope
Traditional County: Flintshire
The monument comprises a stretch of Wat's Dyke, an early historic boundary marker probably associated with the border of the kingdom of Mercia. Both Offa's Dyke and Wat's Dyke probably represent separate attempts in the 8th century to formalise the boundary between the early historic kingdoms within Wales and Mercia to the east. Wat's Dyke runs south from Holywell to the Morda Valley near Maesbury. For the most part, Wat's dyke consists of an earthen bank, often utilising local topography and fronted, where it survives, by a ditch to the west. The size of the surviving earthworks varies considerably, reflecting differences in preservation and probably also in the original scale of construction. The northern part of this section survives as a grass and tree covered bank within an open area adjacent to the main Wrexham Road and the houses to the west. The southern section forms the boundary between the gardens of the houses at the end of Pen-y-Bryn and the Wrexham Road, and extends to the edge of the road, and through the gardens.
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.
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