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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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