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Hean Castle motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hen Gastell

In the community of Saundersfoot.
In the historic county of Pembrokeshire.
Modern authority of Pembrokeshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SN138059
Latitude 51.72094° Longitude -4.69880°

Hean Castle motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


a motte in excellent condition. (Hull 2005)

Several discrete coal-mining features, depicted on OS County series (Pembroke. XXXV.15 1889), apparent as soilmarks, in the region of 20-30m across, occurring over an area at least 400m N-S by 250m; in the S part of the area are several copses, some apparently obscuring further areas of disturbance, others being tree clumps associated with Hean Castle park/landscaping (Nprn265312) - possibly making use of spoil-heaps/disturbed areas (J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 02.08.2004). (Coflein)

No motte recorded in either the NMR or SMR and not noted by other authorities but the placename, the presence of a mound and a location not far from Churchton church might all be suggestive of a castle site. A later high status house, called Hean Castle, stands nearby and the listed building report suggests the name of this house, hengastell, may refer to an earlier fortification, altough an Iron Age hill fort is what is suggested in that report.
However, the Coflien record of coal mining spoil heaps at SN13500604 and some possibly landscaped for Hean Castle park, covering an area 400m by 250m, which probably includes Hull's given map reference. Without specific examination by an experienced field archaeologist (Hull is a historian) and given the clear evidence of mining spoil heaps and tree mounts in the area this suggested site has to be suspect.
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