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Site Details

NPRN 307202

Map Reference SJ45SW

Grid Reference SJ41135377

Unitary (Local) Authority Wrexham

Old County Denbighshire

Community Holt

Type of Site CASTLE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description Holt Castle was built between 1282-1311 and demolished between 1675-83. The surviving remains include an irregular pentagon of walls, about 20-24m across set upon and against a boss of natural rock. The castle is reached by a causeway from the north, and is raised about 10m proud the expansive floor of a quarry that has subsumed any traces of ditches, moats or ourworks. Old prints and plans show that the present remains represent a courtyard around which were ranges of apartments within a towered curtain. There are associated fishponds about 600m to west (Nprn156454).

J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 28 November 2002

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