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Pen y Clawdd Castle, Crucorney

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Llantilio Pertholey; Penyclawdd Court

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO30992009
Latitude 51.87534° Longitude -3.00388°

Pen y Clawdd Castle, Crucorney has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

A sub-circular ditched mound, c.28-30m in diameter and 2.4m high, without which on the N & W are two banks either side of a wet moat, the top of these banks are approximatly level with the summit of the mound, & it is suggested that this has been subject to landscaping (see Nprn401612); on the SE are the house, enclosures & outbuildigs of Pen-y-Clawdd Court (Nprn20628, 43337); together these features appear to be set within a poorly defined subrectangular enclosure, c.150m NNW-SSE by 135m. (Coflein)

Phillips writes 'Penyclawdd should be reassessed as a later fortified house thereby removing it from the list of motte and bailey castles.' (p103) However he does also state that 'excavations revealed a possibility that a motte and bailey castle may have pre-dated the present mound. This possibility is suggested by the depth of the encircling ditch coupled with the potential of the existence of a bailey as suggested by the bank south of the barn complex' (p298) The excavation suggests 'that the mound once supported a large rectangular masonry structure which suffered fire damage' although this building was dated to the C13.
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This record last updated on Saturday, September 20, 2014


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