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CASTLE ARNOLD (CASTELL ARNALLT), LLANOVER

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 01354g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Llanover
NGR : SO32001006
Site Type (preferred type first) : Medieval Castle
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
The site of the stronghold of Sitsyllt ap Dyfnwal, treacherously murdered at Abergavenny Castle on Christmas Day 1175 by William de Breos. The site was then abandoned.

Description :
The site of the stronghold of Sitsyllt ap Dyfnwal, treacherously murdered at Abergavenny Castle on Christmas Day 1175 by William de Breos. The site was then abandoned. (01)

Phillips notes that the site of Castell Arnallt comprises a large, oblong mound (with large surface area at 10,671.346m³, elevated by a 43% gradient to a maximum height above natural of 8.19m) lying in pasture land by the side of the River Usk which is currently used as grazing land. In a good state of preservation, it is stated that the long axis of the mound can be divided into two areas. Examination of the site suggest that the mound has a series of possible masonry walls across the surface indicating that it is very near to its original height, and that the mound had a good number of sub-surface structures of more than one phase of construction. Phillips notes that there is the possibility of a gate structure to the west side of the upper mound, and interprets the site as a Llys (pre-1175) using natural formations with no raised motte and utilised as a centre of administration (Phillips 2004).

Sources :
Phillips, N Dr , 2004 , Thesis: Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250
01/Mm AP Gazeteer/2004 January/Sorrell John/Aerial Archaeological Photographs of Gwent/SMR
02/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/ Copy in further information file

Events :
E004063 : Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250 (year : 2004)

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