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SELATTYN TOWER

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A probable Early Bronze Age ring cairn containing the remains of a belvedere, Selattyn Tower, built in 1847. The cairn is circa 22 metres in diameter, comprising an unrevetted stony bank 3 metres wide and up to 0.8 metres high, enclosing a circular area 16 metres in diameter. Small scale excavation in 1998 recovered some sherds of Early Bronze Age pottery and fragments of cremated bone from the central area. During construction of the belvedere in 1847, 12 urns containing cremations were found. Selattyn Tower was built to commemorate the death of Prince Gwen, a 6th century prince who according to legend was killed in the vicinity during a battle between the British and the Saxons. The tower is square, 3.8 metres across (2.8 metres internally). In 1999, prior to some partial rebuilding, it stood 3.5 metres high, though originally it was much higher. Surviving features include a doorway in the northwestern wall, a window opening in the opposite southeastern wall, and a fire place with chimney stack in the southwestern wall. During the 2nd world war, the tower was used by the Home Guard as an observation post. Both cairn and tower are scheduled.

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