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Top Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Eglwyscummin (Eglwys Gymyn), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.7391 / 51°44'20"N

Longitude: -4.6162 / 4°36'58"W

OS Eastings: 219457

OS Northings: 207725

OS Grid: SN194077

Mapcode National: GBR GH.1NC0

Mapcode Global: VH2PF.XKY5

Entry Name: Top Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2099

Cadw Legacy ID: CM039

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Ringwork

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Eglwyscummin (Eglwys Gymyn)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the early part of the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). This is a simple ringwork in a fine position. The entrance is quite simple and the bank has been somewhat ploughed down. 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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