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Langstone motte and enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Langstone, Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.6013 / 51°36'4"N

Longitude: -2.9082 / 2°54'29"W

OS Eastings: 337192

OS Northings: 189551

OS Grid: ST371895

Mapcode National: GBR J9.B968

Mapcode Global: VH7BF.J0WS

Entry Name: Langstone motte and enclosure

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 592

Cadw Legacy ID: MM059

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Langstone

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a medieval motte, an earthen mound upon which a fortification once stood. The mound originally measured about 30m in diameter, but the construction of the road around the NW side has removed a portion. The mound now stands about 3m in height. An earthwork enclosure is situated about 150m to the E of the mound; this enclosure may represent a bailey (a defensive enclosure associated with the motte) or later landscaping (such as a garden enclosure).

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. That to the W is irregular and measures 50m from NE to SW by up to 30m transversely. That to the E is rectangular and measures 74m from NNW to SSE by 72m transversely..

Source: Cadw

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