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Domen Llawddog (Or Tomen Maesllan) Mound & Bailey Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Llangeler, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.0005 / 52°0'1"N

Longitude: -4.3912 / 4°23'28"W

OS Eastings: 235947

OS Northings: 236258

OS Grid: SN359362

Mapcode National: GBR DB.J5FX

Mapcode Global: VH3KN.TZXB

Entry Name: Domen Llawddog (Or Tomen Maesllan) Mound & Bailey Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 443

Cadw Legacy ID: CM022

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangeler

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD) and, situated immediately south of St Llawddog's Church.. 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. The motte is a ditched, steep-sided mound, c 30-32m in diameter and c 5m high with a level summit of c 10m diameter. Part of the north west side has been disturbed by old quarrying. The rectangular bailey defined by low earthworks stretches 50m to the west.

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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