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Madocs Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castell Madog; Garth

In the community of Pant.
In the historic county of Glamorgan.
Modern authority of Merthyr Tydfil.
Preserved county of Mid Glamorgan.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO06400952
Latitude 51.77655° Longitude -3.35805°

Madocs Castle has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Farm built on the site of a small castle or fortified manor house, called Madoc's Castle, known to have been abandoned by the 14th century. The Post Medieval (early 18th century) farmhouse of Garth belongs to the hearth passage group of sub-Medieval houses, and is of the three-unit chimney backing on entry type, with hall between heated outer and narrow inner rooms. A characteristic feature of the building is the lateral stone stairs within an outshut. The Merthyr Tithe map of 1850 details the layout of the area's farmsteads and holdings prior to the arrival of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway. The holding of Garth, Owned by one Mary Williams, was characterised by an irregular arrangement of linear fields, possibly amalgamated Medieval strip fields. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Spurgeon writes Garth Farm is a recent building; that it's former name was Castell Madog; that there is a brief reference to a castle here (Wilkins); that there are no traces of earthworks that might indicate a former castle. Isolated from medieval settlement. In Hague's provisional list of castle site but the suggestion that the current building contains ancient work is dismissed by Spurgeon. However there remains a slight possibility that this was a castle site.
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