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Bishton Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Bishton (Trefesgob), Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.5881 / 51°35'17"N

Longitude: -2.8783 / 2°52'42"W

OS Eastings: 339244

OS Northings: 188064

OS Grid: ST392880

Mapcode National: GBR JB.C4PR

Mapcode Global: VH7BG.2B6W

Entry Name: Bishton Castle

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 362

Cadw Legacy ID: MM128

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Bishton (Trefesgob)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The site consists of a semi-circular scarp on the E and S sides of a natural ridge. At the top of the slope the ground appears to have been levelled with two roughly rectangular level areas possibly corresponding to the location of buildings.

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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