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Castell Hendre

A Scheduled Monument in Puncheston (Cas-mael), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9122 / 51°54'43"N

Longitude: -4.8444 / 4°50'39"W

OS Eastings: 204456

OS Northings: 227561

OS Grid: SN044275

Mapcode National: GBR CR.PM1T

Mapcode Global: VH1R2.Z69G

Entry Name: Castell Hendre

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3053

Cadw Legacy ID: PE240

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Puncheston (Cas-mael)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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. Castell Hendre motte measures 45ft in diameter across the top and stands to a height of 15ft. It is an irregular oval shape and is somewhat misshapen on the south side.

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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