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Coed y Fedw Tump

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the community of Mitchel Troy.
In the historic county of Monmouthshire.
Modern authority of Monmouthshire.
Preserved county of Gwent.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO445088
Latitude 51.77534° Longitude -2.80580°

Coed y Fedw Tump has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are uncertain remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Earthwork remains at Coed-y-fedw Archaeological features here fall into two areas: Homestead enclosure.–Two sides of a rectangular enclosure are clearly visible with the possible remains of a rectangular building in the corner of the L-shape so formed. Downhill, to the S, the ground is uneven being characterised by indeterminate bumps which may conceal other structures. These remains cover an area of some 100m (NNE-SW) by 80m. Possible medieval motte.– A ditched, irregularly-shaped mound in an area measuring 40m (N-S) by 50m. Some nearby earthworks (?trackway approaching the motte from downhill) on the north are also clearly visible. (Coflein)

Square shaped enclosure with rounded corners, bearing appearance of a medieval homestead motte. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a medieval moated site, situated in improved pasture on the rounded summit of the slopes above a small NE-flowing tributary of the River Trothy. The moated site measures roughly 25m from NE to SW by up to 24m transversely, within a moat that measures about 4m in breadth where best preserved and about 0.3m in depth. The raised mound stands about 1.3m in height; subrectangular on plan, it measures 18m on its NE side and 24m on its SW side. The moat is most distinct on the NE side, where it is also broken by a raised trackway or causeway that joins the mound on its NW side. The moat may have been a dry ditch, for its position on a rounded summit is unusual. The surrounding field also contains several relic field boundaries and possible traces of ridge and furrow; and a slight terraced platform situated downslope and about 50m to the NE of the moated site. This platform measures about 26m from NW to SE by 16m transversely and contains the partial remains of what is probably a garden enclosure. (Scheduling Report)

Roadside site. Marked Tump on 1st edition map. Associated with deserted medieval settlement. The GGAT HER seems to a unique use of the term "medieval homestead motte" which is probably a confabulation of homestead moat and motte. However it may well be this mound was attached to a homestead to symbolise the knightly status of the tenant.
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