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Llanwrda Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9779 / 51°58'40"N

Longitude: -3.8484 / 3°50'54"W

OS Eastings: 273144

OS Northings: 232659

OS Grid: SN731326

Mapcode National: GBR Y2.KG35

Mapcode Global: VH4HM.7KW3

Entry Name: Llanwrda Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2820

Cadw Legacy ID: CM239

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanwrda

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD) and situated at the end of a ridge of high ground overlooking the River Mynys. 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 measures 30m in diameter at the base and is 8m high to the flat summit. The ditch visible on the north side but not apparent elsewhere is 4m wide.

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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