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Banc y Bettws Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Llangyndeyrn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8166 / 51°48'59"N

Longitude: -4.2377 / 4°14'15"W

OS Eastings: 245851

OS Northings: 215471

OS Grid: SN458154

Mapcode National: GBR DK.WMJ9

Mapcode Global: VH3LQ.HLJS

Entry Name: Banc y Bettws Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2130

Cadw Legacy ID: CM124

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangyndeyrn

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, 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, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Banc y Bettws Castle Mound measures 20ft high and is saucer shaped, 60ft from lip to lip.

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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