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Camrose Mound & Bailey Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Camrose, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8392 / 51°50'21"N

Longitude: -5.0109 / 5°0'39"W

OS Eastings: 192673

OS Northings: 219912

OS Grid: SM926199

Mapcode National: GBR CJ.V7RQ

Mapcode Global: VH1RD.319C

Entry Name: Camrose Mound & Bailey Castle

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3047

Cadw Legacy ID: PE217

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Camrose

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and bailey castle, a military stronghold built during the medieval period. A motte and bailey castle comprises a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil or stone (the motte) surrounded by, or adjacent to, one or more embanked enclosures (the bailey). Both may be surrounded by wet or dry ditches and could be further strengthened with palisades, revetments, and/or a tower on top of the motte. Camrose Mound & Bailey Castle measures 50ft across the top and 30ft high. It has old yew trees growing on top and saplings on its sides. It has been made into a garden feature with steps and dry stone walling around the top and bottom of the mound - but is quite derelict now. The bailey is on the north side of the road and is defended by a bank rising 12ft above a ditch.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation. The well-preserved monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail. 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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