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PEN-Y-CLAWDD CASTLE MOUND

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 01622g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Site Type : Motte
Period : Medieval
Community : Crucorney
NGR : SO31002010
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
Phillips notes that key features of the motte at Penyclawdd include a low flat topped circular mound (surface area of 327.367m²) with a surrounding ditch on all sides except the south-east where it has been truncated by the garden of Penyclawdd Court. Modern buildings are located to the south and east of the site, and it is suggested that the farm yard would be the most likely place for a bailey if it existed. A bank to the south of the farm is identified as having potentially older origins. The rampart, standing higher than the surrounding landscape and enclosing the mound, is an unusual feature; another ditch is visible outside the rampart which incorporates a dammed stream though it is thought that this ‘moat’ is a later landscape feature. Phillips hesitantly interprets the site as a late fortified site with a possible motte and bailey and notes that it may be the product of different phases of construction (Phillips 2004).

Description :
Phillips notes that key features of the motte at Penyclawdd include a low flat topped circular mound (surface area of 327.367m²) with a surrounding ditch on all sides except the south-east where it has been truncated by the garden of Penyclawdd Court. Modern buildings are located to the south and east of the site, and it is suggested that the farm yard would be the most likely place for a bailey if it existed. A bank to the south of the farm is identified as having potentially older origins. The rampart, standing higher than the surrounding landscape and enclosing the mound, is an unusual feature; another ditch is visible outside the rampart which incorporates a dammed stream though it is thought that this ‘moat’ is a later landscape feature. Phillips hesitantly interprets the site as a late fortified site with a possible motte and bailey and notes that it may be the product of different phases of construction (Phillips 2004).

Sources :
Phillips, N Dr , 2004 , Thesis: Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250

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

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