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Llanvaches Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST43379206
Latitude 51.62451° Longitude -2.81932°

Llanvaches Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Low spread banks of tumbled stone roughly define a sub-rectangular enclosure known as Llanvaches Castle. it measures c.54m E-W by 42m, and is set upon the summit of a hillock. (Coflein)

The fragmentary outlying earthworks connected with the 'castle' have been encroached upon by development. No dating material recovered (1976). (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Traces of earthworks and masonry. King reported as built over (repeated by Salter) but the platform is still extant as a low platform with the clearly marked foundations of a large rectangular structure and enclosing wall. Doubt has been cast on its defensive nature. (Description from Will Davies)

The monument consists of the remains of a castle, dating to the medieval period. It consists of a roughly rectangular area measuring 54m E/W by 42m located on the summit of a low knoll and defined by low grass-covered banks. The external bank measures between 0.8m and 1.2m high. There is a large opening in the bank on the NW side, possibly where it has been disturbed. In the SE corner is a break in the bank that may represent the original entrance. Internally, the ground is level with a series of banks appearing to delineate the location of buildings on the E side. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. (Scheduling Report)

One of several small masonry castles associated with Wentwood forest.
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