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Llethrau Camp

In the community of Beguildy.
In the historic county of Radnorshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO14178331
Latitude 52.44088° Longitude -3.26413°

Llethrau Camp has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust record of ? ringwork reads 'Oval enclosure on NE facing slope enclosing area some 50m by 42m with bank of 1.1m max height. Reduced to scarp on N by ploughing. Possible entrance on E. Possible hillfort (RCAHM 1913, Hogg 1979) or Ringwork (Savory 1954)'

The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork/stone-built enclosure. The date or precise nature of Llethrau Camp is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or possibly medieval. It is a small oval enclosure, measuring c.50m east-west by c.42m, lying on a north-east facing slope close to the headwaters of the river Teme. Its single line of defences has been much reduced by past cultivation, apart from a portion within a former copse on the west. Around much of the circuit, only the bank survives, and even this is reduced to a scarp on the north. On the west, however, it reaches a maximum height of c.1.1m and is accompanied by a visible outer ditch. There are traces of a possible simple entrance gap on the east. (Scheduling Report)

On map this is almost textbook example of Iron Age hillslope enclosure. Clearly not a castle and Gatehouse expects Savory was not using the term 'Ringwork' in the strict sense of a medieval earthwork castle although the scheduling report does seem to allow for that possibility.
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