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Penrhos Motte & Bailey Castle

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Map ReferenceSO41SW
Grid ReferenceSO4093013200
Unitary (Local) AuthorityMonmouthshire
Old CountyMonmouthshire
CommunityLlantilio Crossenny
Type Of SiteMOTTE

1. Penrhos Castle is a ditched motte, about 30m in diameter and 6.0m high, standing towards the south of an irregular oval enclosure, about 40m by 80m, defined by a ditch, with an internal bank on the north-east and having a counterscarp except to the south-east.
It is possibly the castle mentioned as being demolished c.1252.

(source Os495card; SO41SW1)

The castle earthworks appear to be set within the south-west angle of a roughly subrectangular earthwork enclosure, about 160m east-west by 160m, whose eastern side is obscured by a current road; OS County series, 3rd ed. (Monmouth. XIII.4 1920), shows the the scarp of this enclosure's south-west angle where it springs from the south of the castle earthworks.

RCAHMW AP94-CS 0569-70, 1276
RCAHMW AP945075/69-70; 945149/66

J.Wiles 20.09.02

2. 'There has been some soil erosion and rabbit burrows on the SE side of the motte, revealing only clay substructure, with no evidence of any buried stonework' - Paul Davis, 2020

RCAHMW, 2023