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Pointz Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Brawdy (Breudeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8699 / 51°52'11"N

Longitude: -5.1531 / 5°9'11"W

OS Eastings: 183029

OS Northings: 223737

OS Grid: SM830237

Mapcode National: GBR CB.S8H9

Mapcode Global: VH1R3.M8MC

Entry Name: Pointz Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 23 April 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2694

Cadw Legacy ID: PE272

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Brawdy (Breudeth)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, 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. The motte at Pointz Castle measures 35ft in diameter across the top and 18ft high. For the greater part it is surrounded by a ditch with a 5ft counterscarp and is eroded or has been dug into on the south side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits. 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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