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Garn-Fawr Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Newchurch and Merthyr (Llannewydd a Merthyr), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8896 / 51°53'22"N

Longitude: -4.3318 / 4°19'54"W

OS Eastings: 239631

OS Northings: 223795

OS Grid: SN396237

Mapcode National: GBR DF.R267

Mapcode Global: VH3L8.VRTT

Entry Name: Garn-Fawr Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2092

Cadw Legacy ID: CM011

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Newchurch and Merthyr (Llannewydd a Merthyr)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte, 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. The monument has no trace of outer bailey. It is in perfect condition,standing in a pasture field and covered with long grass and fir trees.

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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