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Castle Villa Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Hayscastle (Cas-lai), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9072 / 51°54'25"N

Longitude: -5.0811 / 5°4'52"W

OS Eastings: 188155

OS Northings: 227669

OS Grid: SM881276

Mapcode National: GBR CF.Q2B0

Mapcode Global: VH1QY.WB59

Entry Name: Castle Villa Camp

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2044

Cadw Legacy ID: PE222

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Hayscastle (Cas-lai)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork/stone-built enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or medieval. The enclosure is defended on the west two concentric well-preserved banks and ditches and a third, outer scarp which has been partially incorporated into a later hedgebank. The east side is occupied by farm buildings which have obliterated the banks and the interior is occupied by a farmyard. The banks stand up to 2m in places, there is a possible original entrance through the defences on the west.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence 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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