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Norton Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Penrice (Pen-rhys), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5595 / 51°33'34"N

Longitude: -4.1775 / 4°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 249147

OS Northings: 186760

OS Grid: SS491867

Mapcode National: GBR GS.LQ4D

Mapcode Global: VH3N3.J2V9

Entry Name: Norton Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3746

Cadw Legacy ID: GM157

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Ringwork

Period: Medieval

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Penrice (Pen-rhys)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). Norton Camp occupies a small peninsula site. The main defences, a single bank and ditch, are constructed across the neck of the peninsula. The rampart curves inward to control the entrance - along the scarp on the steep north-east side, there are subsidiary works, facing outwards, at the tip of the spur. A levelled house site, probably of later date, lies just within the entrance.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement, organisation and defence. The site forms an important element within the wider medieval landscape. It is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, 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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