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Wat's Dyke: Section SSW of Wrexham Station, 130m Long

A Scheduled Monument in Offa, Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 53.049 / 53°2'56"N

Longitude: -3.0027 / 3°0'9"W

OS Eastings: 332883

OS Northings: 350665

OS Grid: SJ328506

Mapcode National: GBR 75.CWN8

Mapcode Global: WH88Y.VMBD

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section SSW of Wrexham Station, 130m Long

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1977

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 600

Cadw Legacy ID: DE191

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Offa

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

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. The monument in this area consists of below-ground remains only. The original bank has been levelled during historic quarrying and development activities. However, archaeological evaluation has confirmed the presence of bank material and the ditch. The northern bank section has thus been reconstructed to identify the location and presence of the Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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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