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Manian Fawr, St Dogmaels

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SN15094793
Latitude 52.09879° Longitude -4.70107°

Manian Fawr, St Dogmaels has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


An irregular enclosure, roughly 30m east-west by 20m, of uncertain gate, defined on the east & west by rock-cut ditches cutting across the sharp ridge upon which it is set; the enclosure would appear to have been much affected by quarrying. (Coflein)

An earthwork mound which has long been held to be a mediaeval motte or castle mound and is shown as such on OS maps. Manaian Fawr has undoubtely been one of the principle holdings of the district in the past and the presence of a small earthwork castle here could signify that it was at one time a focus of manorial power. Field names adjacent to the site include the term 'Castell' which indicates the tradition to be well established. There is no reliable archaeological evidence to confirm the nature of the mound however. A public footpath runs immediately to the north of the mound. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

This is marked on the Ordnance map as a tumulus, which it certainly is not. It is rather questionable whether it is an artificial work at all if so, it is a fortification, being strongly placed at the end of a narrow ridge, some 50 ft. high, with precipitous sides. Both on the E. (the exposed side) and the W. are what appear to be cuttings in the rock the enclosure so isolated is level and very small. (King, 1956)

David King records this as a 'possible' site which, generally in his terminology meant quite doubtful. It may well be a mound symbolising the knightly status of the manorial tenant although how much of the form is due to quarrying is open to question.
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