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Castell Mael

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

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Latitude: 51.9306 / 51°55'50"N

Longitude: -4.8962 / 4°53'46"W

OS Eastings: 200976

OS Northings: 229754

OS Grid: SN009297

Mapcode National: GBR CP.ND6C

Mapcode Global: VH1QW.2QXV

Entry Name: Castell Mael

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 469

Cadw Legacy ID: PE232

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Ringwork

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Puncheston (Cas-mael)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). Castell Mael is situated on an inland promontory where north, east and south the land slopes steeply down to streams 20m below the site. North and west the land is fairly level and these sides are defended by a single bank and ditch. The bank survives to an internal height of 2.7m and externally to 2.8m. The ditch is well preserved to the west; to the north a lane occupies its course. The interior area is sub-circular and measures c. 60m by c. 80m. The site may have had its origins as an Iron Age defended enclosure.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement, organisation and defence. The site forms an important element within the wider medieval landscape. It is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, 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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