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Latitude: 51.6819 / 51°40'54"N
Longitude: -4.1705 / 4°10'13"W
OS Eastings: 250043
OS Northings: 200361
OS Grid: SN500003
Mapcode National: GBR GS.V01L
Mapcode Global: VH3MB.NZLH
Entry Name: Old Castle motte
Scheduled Date: 3 December 2003
Source ID: 4053
Cadw Legacy ID: CM323
Schedule Class: Defence
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Built-Up Area: Llanelli
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
The monument comprises the remains of a medieval motte and bailey castle. The mound measures roughly 30m in diameter; it is partially submerged within the reservoir of the former Old Castle Tinplate works. The motte has been identified as likely site of the historic Castle of Carnwyllion, destroyed by Rhys Ieuanc of Dinefwr (d. 1222) during his attack on Kidwelly and the Gower in 1215.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.
The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 30m in diameter.
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