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CARREG HIR (CWRT SART STANDING STONE)
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 00583w Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Briton Ferry Unitary authority : Neath Port Talbot NGR : SS7445395340 Site Type (preferred type first) : Bronze Age Standing stone Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : In grounds of Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School, reset on a concrete foundation. A massive slab of sandstone with its widest faces E and W; parallelogram in plan; in elevation sides taper slightly to a squared top. The E face is the flattest. GGAT 72
Description : In grounds of Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School, reset on a concrete foundation. A massive slab of sandstone with its widest faces E and W; parallelogram in plan; in elevation sides taper slightly to a squared top. The E face is the flattest, and shows clear signs of pecking over much of its surface - ?reworked; a lesser amount of pecking on E side; N and S sides show bedding planes. c3m high x 1.75m (max with) x 0.8m (S end) GGAT 72 Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites survey 2001.
(1956) The stone is situated on low lying ground in a school playground. It is 2.7m high , 0.9m wide and 0.7m thick. It is much weathered and set in a concrete block. The stone is on the top of a low mound which appears to spread beneath the surrounding school buildings. It is probably ' in situ ' with the concrete base as a re- inforcement. The name suggests that the stone was in the area of Court Sart Farm, but no trace was found of a standing stone and no information was obtained concerning it. The area is under development as a housing estate. This stone may be the Garreg Hir stone one half mile to the east. ( Source 02 ) (1964/1976) Carreg Hir, at Briton Ferry, at 12m above OD. The stone is now set in a concrete plinth 0.3m high, in a school playground. It is a large upright slab with a blunt ridged top, 2.8m high above the plinth, 1.7m wide, and 0.8m thick at the S end and 0.5m at the N end. ( Source 01 ) (1986) Natural boulder of Pennant sandstone, 10ft 6'' x 10'' x 2ft at base, probably set up in the early or middle Bronze Age.Monuments of this class are rare in Glam. except in the Gower peninsula. The stone has a generally blackened appearance, with some painted and scratched graffiti . There is no sign of any mound. ( Source 07 ) (1991) The stone appears completely unchanged. ( Source 10 ) (1997) Still unchanged , as seen in 1986 and 1991 ( Source 11 )
01/ PM list RCAHM/// 1976/ Glam Invent/ p 123 No. 554
02/ MM Record card/ OS/// 1956/ SS 79 NW 30/
03/ MM Record card/ OS/// 1978/ SS 79 NW 30/
04/ PM list// Grimes/ WF/ 1931/ BBCS/ Vol VI , Pt I , pp 88 - 89
05/ PM Desc text// Grimes/ WF/ 1931-32/ Neath Ant Soc./ p 90, 93
06/ PM Desc text// Smith/ EG/ 1931- 32/ Neath Ant Soc./ pp 53 - 5
07/ MM Desc text/ CADW/ Burnham/ HB/ 1986/ Am 107/
08/ MM Photo/ GGAT/ / 1986///
09/ MMAP/ GGAT/ Parkhouse J./ 10.8.87// A 5617,
10/ MM desc text/ CADW/ 1991/ AM 107/
11/ MM Desc text/ CADW/ Burnham/ HB/ 1997/ AM 107
12/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/ Copy in further information file