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Craig Ruperra Motte

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Map ReferenceST28NW
Grid ReferenceST2232086700
Unitary (Local) AuthorityCaerphilly
Old CountyGlamorgan
Type Of SiteMOTTE
Located in forestry is a roughly circular mound measuring 32m in diameter and 6m high surrounded by a ditch and counterscarp bank, well-defined on the north and west but apparently slighter on the south and east, though partly obscured here by masking vegetation. It lies towards the north-east end of a hillfort (Nprn226513).
The motte has been re-used as a landscape feature, with a revetted spiral path (still extant) leading to a summerhouse (built before 1785 but not noted 1875) upon the summit.
Associated with: Ruperra Castle parks/gardens (Nprn265743).

RCAHMW 1991, Glamorgan Inventory vol.III part 1a, The Early Castles, p.59-61.
OS record card ST28NW15.

J.Wiles 11.02.03