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ABERAVON CASTLE, ABERAVON

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NPRN 307113

Map Reference SS79SE

Grid Reference SS76229012

Unitary (Local) Authority Neath, Port Talbot

Old County Glamorgan

Community Aberavon

Type of Site CASTLE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description Aberafon, Aberafan or Aberavon Castle is a rectangular moated enclosure, 56m north-north-east by 46m south-south-west with a moat between 13 and 14m wide. It is depicted on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey County series 25in map (Glamorgan. XXV.13 1876) and has been identified as a castle recorded as destroyed in 1153, although a later origin is possible. A centrally placed flat-topped rectangular mound, 8.0m north-north-east by 9m south-south-west, has been identified as a cockpit although it is also possible to connect this with ruins noted in 1813. The site was built over between 1876 and 1897.

Source: RCAHMW 1991 Glamorgan III.1a 'the Earlier Castles', VE1 154-6

J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 6 October 2004

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