MONMOUTH, SITE OF BATTLE

Site Details



NPRN
404985
Map Reference
SO51SW
Grid Reference
SO5013
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Monmouth
Type of Site
BATTLE SITE
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Medieval

Site Description

1233: "That year there was strife between king Henry and Richard Marshal, earl of Pembroke. And then the earl made a pact with Llywelyn ap Iorwerth and with the princes of Wales. And forthwith he and Owain ap Gruffudd gathered a mighty host; and they attacked Monmouth and burned it and made a slaughter of the king's men who were there defending."
Source: Thomas Jones, The Chronicle of the Princes, 1955, p.231.
Earl Richard of Pembroke, supported by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, defeated John of Monmouth in a pitched battle near Monmouth on 26 December 1233.
Source: J.E.Lloyd, A History of Wales, vol II, 1912, p.679.
Other sources, as yet unverified, suggest that the attack on Monmouth took place on 25 November, 26 December or both.
Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust records refer to the battle as "Castle Field, Monmouth" (no.03132g) and give a National Grid Reference of SO 5014 1318, on the west side of ther river Monnow and some 500m northwest of the town.
B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 09 October 2006.

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