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Castell Dol Wllf, Llanwenog

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castell Santesau; Castell Sant Esau; Castell Sant Esen; Castell Sant Hesse

In the community of Llanwenog.
In the historic county of Cardiganshire.
Modern authority of Ceredigion.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SN52024453
Latitude 52.07986° Longitude -4.15992°

Castell Dol Wllf, Llanwenog has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site has been descheduled.


OS County series (Cardigan. XLI.7 1889; 1905) depicts a subrectangular mound, some 30m north-east to south-west by 24m, set on the the tip of a south-facing spur, resting on steep natural scarps above the Teifi river-plain to the east and ditched to the west; thought to represent a medieval castle mound, the earthworks have been largely destroyed by building activities. (Coflein)

Castell Dolwlff is situated on a scarp edged promontory overlooking the Afon Teifi at 99m above sea level. The steep fall of c. 9m down to the river on its eastern side afforded good natural defence to this former 24m diameter ringwork; the remaining defences comprised a strong bank and 6m wide ditch on the north and west sides. The site was formerly scheduled (SAM no. Cd 75) but became so mutillated by building development and landscaping that it was descheduled in 1990. Very little, if any, of the original defences are now evident save for the scarp to the east and south overlooking the river. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Ringwork mostly removed in 1968.
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