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Beili Bedw, Settlement Complex

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Map ReferenceSN97SE
Grid ReferenceSN9963073460
Unitary (Local) AuthorityPowys
Old CountyRadnorshire
CommunitySt Harmon
PeriodPost Medieval

A complex of earthwork settlement features, extending over an area about 250m NNE-SSW by 150m, on NW-facing hillslopes; features include 15 possible building platforms, from 12m to 18m in length and from 5.0m to 6.0m wide, in addition to a variety of enclosure banks, thought to be associated with a later farm: excavations carried out on a cluster of three building platforms towards the southern end of the complex showed that these had been of turf-walled construction, in one case resting on a drystone based; this group was tentatively interpreted as a 'house' & outbuildings; a limited ceramic assemblage was assigned to between the 14th century, at earliest, & c.1600.
There is a tradition that St Garmon's church once stood on the summit of the hill, on whose exposed flank the settlement is found, an old name for which is 'Brynllan'.

Sources: Alcock 1961 (AW 1), 14-5; 1962 (AW 2), 18;
Courtney 1991 (BBCS 38), 233-55.

See Nprn24579.

J.Wiles 17.11.04