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CRAIG RUPERRA MOTTE

Site Details



NPRN 91997

Map Reference ST28NW

Grid Reference ST22328670

Unitary (Local) Authority Caerphilly

Old County Glamorgan

Community Rudry

Type of Site MOTTE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description Located in forestry is a roughly circular mound measuring 32m in diameter and 6m high surrounded by a ditch and counterscarp bank, well-defined on the north and west but apparently slighter on the south and east, though partly obscured here by masking vegetation. It lies towards the north-east end of a hillfort (Nprn226513).
The motte has been re-used as a landscape feature, with a revetted spiral path (still extant) leading to a summerhouse (built before 1785 but not noted 1875) upon the summit.
Associated with:
Ruperra Castle parks/gardens (Nprn265743).

Sources:
RCAHMW 1991, Glamorgan Inventory vol.III part 1a, The Early Castles, p.59-61.
OS record card ST28NW15.

J.Wiles 11.02.03

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