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Monmouth Town Walls and Defences

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Mingui; Mouemewe; Clawdd Du

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO509129
Latitude 51.81318° Longitude -2.71045°

Monmouth Town Walls and Defences has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.

Description

Apart from one tower incorporated into the Nags Head public house no upstanding remains of the town walls of Monmouth survive (murage grants of 1295 and 1315), however excavations have located almost the entire circuit of the defence. Clawdd Du, Over Monnow is a prominant ditch, with traces of a bank, extending c.550m but obscured at either end, enclosing the suburb of Over Monnow, across the Monnow Bridge from Monmouth. Excavation in 1966 indicated that the work was of two phases, divided by a layer provisionally dated 1250-1350. The outstanding surviving bridge gate is listed separately because of it particular interest. (Derived from Coflein)
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*The listed building may not be the actual medieval building, but a building on the site of, or incorporating fragments of the described site.

This record last updated on Thursday, November 21, 2013


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