Historic Landscape Characterisation

Trawsfynydd - Area 19 Unenclosed mountain – Moel Ddu and Moel Oernant (PRN 18285)

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Historic background

The very south-western edge of this area is crossed by a stretch of Roman road and includes the tile kilns of Pen-y-stryd. The area of unenclosed upland based on Moel Ddu and Moel Ornant is shown as ‘Llechwedd Cain Common’ on the 1840 tithe map. A map drawn up in 1948 (Dolgellau Archives, ZP/12/10) shows the extent of the ‘Trawsfynydd Artillery Range’ (see area 20) including the whole of this area. Apart from the above, and several unexploded shells, the area contains no notable features of historical or archaeological importance, not even enclosure walls.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Unenclosed area of upland

The area is characterised by its open, unenclosed nature which contains two (scheduled) important prehistoric and Roman sites, and served as a firing range for artillery in the early 20th century.


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