GRAIG FOEL RING MOTTE

Site Details



NPRN
91945
Map Reference
SO30SE
Grid Reference
SO36950102
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Llanbadoc
Type of Site
RINGWORK
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Medieval

Site Description


A partial castle ringwork is located on a steep-sided spur projecting from high ground above the flood-plain of the Usk. A roughly semi-circular area measuring 16.5m (NW-SE) by 13m is bounded on the north-east by the scarp edge, the top of a steep, wooded slope, and elsewhere by a bank 10m-12m wide and up to 3m high above an external rock-cut ditch 1.5m deep and 2m wide at base. Internally the bank is 1.5m high on the north-west but only 0.4m on the south-east where the slope of the nose of the ridge steepens markedly. A 4.5m gap on the south-east between the end of the bank and the scarp edge is probably the site of the entrance.

David Leighton, RCAHMW, 19 April 1999

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