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Maesmor Hall Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Llangwm, Conwy

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Latitude: 52.9895 / 52°59'22"N

Longitude: -3.472 / 3°28'19"W

OS Eastings: 301289

OS Northings: 344592

OS Grid: SJ012445

Mapcode National: GBR 6K.HP3X

Mapcode Global: WH66V.M3WZ

Entry Name: Maesmor Hall Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 375

Cadw Legacy ID: DE149

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Conwy

Community: Llangwm

Traditional County: Denbighshire


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.

In this case, the mound is oval, 35m long (WNW - ESE) by 12m wide and is located c. 70m SW of the present course of the Afon Ceirw within the grounds of Maesmor Hall, which lies 100m to the ENE. There are signs that it was surrounded by a ditch, and there may have been a bailey (an adjacent embanked enclosure), but its location has led to the disappearance of both of those features.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement and defence. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The site itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

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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