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Holt Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Holt, Wrexham (Wrecsam)

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Latitude: 53.0779 / 53°4'40"N

Longitude: -2.8803 / 2°52'49"W

OS Eastings: 341124

OS Northings: 353769

OS Grid: SJ411537

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.B2VZ

Mapcode Global: WH88T.QWMS

Entry Name: Holt Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2940

Cadw Legacy ID: DE106

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)

Community: Holt

Built-Up Area: Holt

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument consists of the remains of a castle, dating to the medieval period. A castle is a defended residence or stronghold, built mainly of stone, in which the principal or sole defence comprises the walls and towers bounding the site. Some form of keep may have stood within the enclosure but these were not significant in defensive terms and served mainly to provide accommodation. Holt Castle was built between 1282-1311 and demolished between 1675-83. The surviving remains include an irregular pentagon of walls, about 20-24m across set upon and against a boss of natural rock. The castle is reached by a causeway from the north, and is raised about 10m proud the expansive floor of a quarry that has subsumed any traces of ditches, moats or out-works. Old prints and plans show that the present remains represent a courtyard around which were ranges of apartments within a towered curtain. There are associated fishponds about 600m to 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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