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Adpar Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Llandyfriog (Llandyfrïog), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.0409 / 52°2'27"N

Longitude: -4.4663 / 4°27'58"W

OS Eastings: 230943

OS Northings: 240931

OS Grid: SN309409

Mapcode National: GBR D7.FJT6

Mapcode Global: VH3KF.JYPS

Entry Name: Adpar Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 20 September 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1874

Cadw Legacy ID: CD104

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llandyfriog (Llandyfrïog)

Built-Up Area: Newcastle Emlyn

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, though little trace survives of any here, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Adpar Castle Mound sits on a south-facing slope overlooking Newcastle Emlyn Bridge. It is sub-circular, measures c.22m in diameter at the base, and rises c.7m high on the south side, and c.3.5m high on the north. The summit is c.12m in diameter and has clearly been disturbed by a number of irregular trenches. Late 19th-century maps suggest the presence of ornamental paths on the mound, which may have been re-used as an ornamental feature in the Cilgwyn Estate grounds.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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