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Wat's Dyke: Section north of the Rectory, Hope

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

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Latitude: 53.1191 / 53°7'8"N

Longitude: -3.032 / 3°1'55"W

OS Eastings: 331030

OS Northings: 358484

OS Grid: SJ310584

Mapcode National: GBR 74.7G0Q

Mapcode Global: WH88K.DVFQ

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section N of the Rectory, Hope

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2227

Cadw Legacy ID: FL171

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 consists of a linear earthwork, a substantial bank and ditch forming a major boundary between two adjacent landholdings. Most date from the late Bronze Age and Iron Age. This stretch of Wat's Dyke measures 50m in length and is grass covered. The top of the bank lies under the Gresford Road, but the western side of the earthwork survives to 1.5m in height and is flanked by a western ditch which survives as a noticeable depression.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric/medieval defensive oranisation 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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