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Cwrt y Gaer Ringwork, Wolvesnewton

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST44929988
Latitude 51.69489° Longitude -2.79835°

Cwrt y Gaer Ringwork, Wolvesnewton has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A poorly-preserved ring motte the interior of which is occupied by a farmhouse, yard and garden resulting in the partial destruction of the E side. The interior would have measured about 60m across within a bank and ditch which is well represented on the W; bank 0.7m high internally and 5m externally above a ditch 1.5m deep. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). The site consists of a bank and outer ditch, with traces of an outer bank in places. On the E side there is no bank or ditch and the edge of the earthwork has been revetted with a stone garden wall. The SE side of the site is defined by a scarp, 2m high, with a flat-bottomed, water-filled, external ditch 2.5m wide and 0.5m deep. These continue around the S side of the ringwork, where the scarp rises to a steep-sided bank 0.8m high on the inside and 3m high on the outside. On the SW side the bank rises to 3.5m high. Outside the ditch on the SW side is an external bank, 1.5m high on the inside and 0.7m high on the outside, which continues around to the W before petering out. On the N side is a steep scarp 2.5m-3m high with a flat-bottomed, external ditch, 2m wide. The interior of the ringwork is occupied by a house and garden. (Scheduling Report)

Phillips had difficulty interpreting the site but suggests it is a late fortified site rather than an early motte.
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