PENRHOS CASTLE

Site Details



NPRN
306505
Map Reference
SO41SW
Grid Reference
SO40941321
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Llantilio Crossenny
Type of Site
MOTTE
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Medieval

Site Description


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

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