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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 ID: 339
Cadw Legacy ID: PE241
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Motte & Bailey
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.
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