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Wat's Dyke: Section north of Carlton Grange

A Scheduled Monument in Hope (Yr Hob), Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

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Latitude: 53.1233 / 53°7'24"N

Longitude: -3.0347 / 3°2'4"W

OS Eastings: 330855

OS Northings: 358964

OS Grid: SJ308589

Mapcode National: GBR 74.77B5

Mapcode Global: WH88K.CR4F

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section N of Carlton Grange

Scheduled Date: 12 August 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2228

Cadw Legacy ID: FL172

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Unknown

County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

Community: Hope (Yr Hob)

Built-Up Area: Hope

Traditional County: Flintshire


The monument consists of the remains of a length of Wat’s Dyke, a presumed 8th century AD defensive bank and ditch. This section survives as a well preserved bank 1.5m -2m high on the west, and 0.5m-1m high on the east. Little remains of the ditch along the main stretch, though on the northern 10m, where the dyke passes into field 7800, the ditch is quite pronounced, and the bank survives as a low mound.

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.

Source: Cadw

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