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New Moat Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in New Moat (Y Mot), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.893 / 51°53'34"N

Longitude: -4.8158 / 4°48'56"W

OS Eastings: 206340

OS Northings: 225353

OS Grid: SN063253

Mapcode National: GBR CS.QVH0

Mapcode Global: VH2NK.GPX6

Entry Name: New Moat Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 339

Cadw Legacy ID: PE241

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: New Moat (Y Mot)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and bailey castle, a military stronghold built during the medieval period. A motte and bailey castle comprises a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil or stone (the motte) surrounded by, or adjacent to, one or more embanked enclosures (the bailey). Both may be surrounded by wet or dry ditches and could be further strengthened with palisades, revetments, and/or a tower on top of the motte. The motte measures 60ft in diameter across the top and 20ft high and is surrounded by a wet ditch. There is a 3ft counterscarp bank outside the ditch in places. The bailey bank starts on the south and turns in a southwesterly direction. This is almost completely ploughed out.

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