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Bwlch y Gistfaen

Burial Chamber


It is usually believed that stone cromlechs are entirely absent from Montgomeryshire. The remains of what seems to have been a fine example of a cromlech, with perhaps a long "creep" entrance, are to be seen a few yards east of a deserted cottage called Pen y Parc. A neighbouring cottage, marked upon the Ordnance sheet as 'Pen y mynydd,' is still known to the old inhabitants of the district by the name which it bears in the Tithe Schedule (no. 1105), 'Bwlch y Gistfaen.' The stones forming one side of the structure, and the covering stones, have been broken to furnish the material for the adjacent walls, and fragments still lie strewn around. The right or southern side of the avenue and chamber has also been too much disturbed to permit of accurate measurements being taken. The entire structure would appear to have measured about 21 yards in length, and to have been aligned to east and west (magnetic) - Visited, 14th April, 1910.
Who knows what it might have been or what's still there. It's not been included on the current Coflein map. But this is the right place as old maps show the right names. From An inventory of the ancient and historical monuments of the county of Montgomery (1911).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th November 2012ce
Edited 14th November 2012ce

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