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Llanvaches Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Llanvaches (Llanfaches), Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.6244 / 51°37'27"N

Longitude: -2.8195 / 2°49'10"W

OS Eastings: 343368

OS Northings: 192053

OS Grid: ST433920

Mapcode National: GBR JF.8TRS

Mapcode Global: VH7B9.2FTK

Entry Name: Llanvaches Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2373

Cadw Legacy ID: MM129

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Llanvaches (Llanfaches)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of the remains of a castle, dating to the medieval period. It consists of a roughly rectangular area measuring 54m E/W by 42m located on the summit of a low knoll and defined by low grass-covered banks. The external bank measures between 0.8m and 1.2m high. There is a large opening in the bank on the NW side, possibly where it has been disturbed. In the SE corner is a break in the bank that may represent the original entrance. Internally, the ground is level with a series of banks appearing to delineate the location of buildings on the E side.

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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