Bryn Y Gefeiliau


Bryn-y-Gefeiliau is also known by the name “Caer Llugwy” due to its location beside the Afon Llugwy near Betws-y-Coed. This late-Flavian fort of almost 4 acres (c.1.6ha) was built c.90AD, possibly upon Agricolan foundations. Trajanic pottery and “a little Samian ware” of the Antonine period probably point to the fort becoming disused before the third century; perhaps being temporarily abandoned during the reign of Hadrian c.120-150 as suggested by Dr. Simpson, in view of the scarcity of pottery of the period. Unstratified pottery recovered within the defences includes three sherds of Trajanic samian ware, a single sherd dated c.150-200 and another sherd of Eastern Gaulish decorated ware. The rampart was constructed of earth resting upon a cobble foundation with a core of piled stones.

There is a Roman marching camp about five miles to the west at Pen-y-Gwrhyd (SH6555), at the foot of Mount Snowdon.

References for Bryn Y Gefeiliau

  • Britons and the Roman Army by Dr. Grace Simpson (Gregg, London, 1964).

Roman Roads near Bryn Y Gefeiliau

N (10) to Canovivm (Caerhun, Gwynedd) S (12) to Tomen Y Mvr