Neolithic Chambered Tomb
Southwest of Moylgrove, Dyfed, Wales OS Map Ref SN10054319
OS Maps - Landranger 145 (Cardigan & Mynydd Preseli), Explorer OL35 (North Pembrokeshire)
Llech-Y-Tripedd looking northeast with the fallen stone just in front of the uprights to the right.
|This delicately balanced portal
dolmen stands in the corner of a quiet field close to a track that leads
uphill from Penlan and less than a mile southeast from the waters of Cardigan
Bay. Three uprights support a heavy triangular capstone
that measures nearly 3 metres in length, about 2.5 metres at its widest
point and nearly a metre thick while just to one side of the chamber is
a fallen stone that was reported as standing as late as the 17th century.
If there was ever a covering mound over this tomb any trace of it has now
gone although there are several small rocks beneath the capstone which could
be contemporary with the monument or simply the result of field clearance.
Llech-y-Tripedd is one of three similar monuments that form a triangle to the north of the Preseli mountains which form a fine backdrop on the southern horizon, the other two being Carreg Coetan Arthur and Pentre Ifan and it seems that all three may be linked with Carn Ingli, a prominent hill to the northwest of the range. Indeed it has been suggested that the capstone of Llech-y-Tripedd bears a striking resemblance to the peak of Carn Ingli so was this a case of the prehistoric builders of the site trying to mirror the shape of a hill they regarded as having symbolic importance and perhaps draw the power of the distant hill into the chambered tomb? Interestingly one local legend claims that the stones were thrown from Carn Ingli by St. Samson, is this a recent explanation of the monument or the retelling of a distant folk memory?
There seems to be several spellings and translations of Llech-y-Tripedd, I've seen it referred to as Llech-y-Drybedd or Llech-y-Trybedd with translations relating to either three legs or three hares.
Glossary Item: Neolithic
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