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USK CASTLE / BRYN-BUGA

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 02021g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Site Type : Castle
Period : Medieval
Community : Usk
NGR : SO3767701089
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument , listed building I

Summary :
Phillips notes that this masonry edifice castle was built on a natural rock outcrop and mentioned by Giraldus Cambrensis in his description of the course of the Usk River. William Marshal is one of the candidates thought to have built Usk Castle before 1189, though de Clare is also thought to have been responsible for its construction pre-1174. It is noted that Cadw suggest a castle was built here following the Norman conquest due to its strategic position on a Roman road, though it is countered by the fact that fitz Osbern didn’t build mottes in general with the exception of Clifford. Phillips notes that there is no documentary evidence dating before 1185, and that no motte is known to have existed on this masonry site (Phillips 2004).

Description :
Phillips notes that this masonry edifice castle was built on a natural rock outcrop and mentioned by Giraldus Cambrensis in his description of the course of the Usk River. William Marshal is one of the candidates thought to have built Usk Castle before 1189, though de Clare is also thought to have been responsible for its construction pre-1174. It is noted that Cadw suggest a castle was built here following the Norman conquest due to its strategic position on a Roman road, though it is countered by the fact that fitz Osbern didn’t build mottes in general with the exception of Clifford. Phillips notes that there is no documentary evidence dating before 1185, and that no motte is known to have existed on this masonry site (Phillips 2004).

Sources :
Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust , Site Visit Record
Cadw , Application for Scheduled Monument Consent
Hughes, S , 2010 , Letter re: Usk Castle - Application for Scheduled Monument Consent
Cadw , Application for Scheduled Monument Consent
Cadw , Application for Grant Aid
Sir R Colt Hoare , 1804 , Tour in Wales
Phillips, N Dr , 2004 , Thesis: Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250
01/MM Desc Text/Knight JK/1977/Usk Castle/Ancient Monuments and their Interpretations
02/PM List/Cadw/1995/Application for Scheduled Monument Consent
03/Desc Text/Cadw/ancient monuments and archaeological areas act/2009/copy in further information file

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

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