CASTLE ARNOLD;CASTELL-ARNALLT

Site Details



NPRN
275974
Map Reference
SO31SW
Grid Reference
SO32001005
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Llanover
Type of Site
CASTLE
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Medieval

Site Description

Castle Arnold, destroyed in 1177, is traditionally believed to be the site of the palace of Kings of Over Gwent. The visible remains at the site include a natural mound, approximately 80m east to west by 50m and up to 6.0m high set on the fringes of the Usk flood plain. A subrectangular enclosure, c.50m E-W by 26m, upon the summit of the mound, is defined by low banks on the west and east, elsewhere by steep natural slopes. Attached on the western side is a second enclosure, c.32m E-W, defined by a bank on the west.
(source Os495card; SO31SW26)

J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 13 May 2004

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