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NPRN 303792

Map Reference SN43NE

Grid Reference SN47693563

Unitary (Local) Authority Carmarthenshire

Old County Carmarthenshire

Community Llanfihangel-ar-arth


Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description NAR SN43NE4

Earthworks representing a much mutilated & abused medieval motte & bailey castle, occupying a pronounced south-east facing spur: the remains of the motte, largely removed by 1976, are currently about 34m in diameter & up to 3.4m high; OS County series (Carmarthen. XV.13 1889) depicts the mound, previously some 4.5m high, as having a rather rounded triangular summit area, about 25m north-west to south-east by 20m; traces of ditching have been observed about the motte, which occupies the southern end of a subrectangular scarped enclosure, some 88m north-east to south-west by 55m; this enclosure circuit is rounded about the motte, suggesting a counterscarp, there being space for a near rectangular bailey, some 40m by 30m, facing rising ground to the north-east: it may be presumed that the castle was abandoned by the time that Gwyddgrug became a grange of Talley Abbey.

J.Wiles 30.03.05

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