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West Ford Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Wolfscastle (Cas-blaidd), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8911 / 51°53'27"N

Longitude: -4.9842 / 4°59'3"W

OS Eastings: 194747

OS Northings: 225602

OS Grid: SM947256

Mapcode National: GBR CK.R2C5

Mapcode Global: VH1R0.KQDN

Entry Name: West Ford Camp

Scheduled Date: 9 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2048

Cadw Legacy ID: PE257

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Wolfscastle (Cas-blaidd)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork defended enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or medieval. West Ford Camp is a small circular area defined by an earthwork bank, ditch and counterscarp bank. The bank rises up to 1m above the interior and 2m above the ditch. The counterscarp bank is just 0.2m high. The whole measuring approximately 9m wide. There is a slightly in-turned entrance on the southeast side. The interior is approximately 45m in diameter and contains low earthworks that may represent one or more hut circles.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

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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