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Latitude: 52.0025 / 52°0'8"N
Longitude: -4.2671 / 4°16'1"W
OS Eastings: 244472
OS Northings: 236210
OS Grid: SN444362
Mapcode National: GBR DJ.J06M
Mapcode Global: VH3KR.0X0S
Entry Name: Castle Pencader
Source ID: 2765
Cadw Legacy ID: CM070
Schedule Class: Defence
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Community: Llanfihangel-ar-Arth (Llanfihangel-ar-arth)
Built-Up Area: Pencader
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
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. Castle Pencader is naturally defended by steep slopes with streams at the bottom on the north and east and with a dicth on the south-west and west. The height of the motte above the bottom of the ditch measures 25-30ft. The bailey was probably on the west but the area is now occupied by a school.
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.
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