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Castlemartin Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Court Castle; Martine Castell; Castro Martini

In the community of Castlemartin.
In the historic county of Pembrokeshire.
Modern authority of Pembrokeshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SR91519840
Latitude 51.64570° Longitude -5.01482°

Castlemartin Castle has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A sub-oval, double-banked and ditched enclosure, 60m by 70m. Has been seen as a medieval castle site and re-use of the site is a possibility. (Coflein)

A roughly circular earthwork situated immediately north of the village of Castlemartin. This feature was described as a motte and bailey castle by the Royal Commission (1925). Later records describe it as being closer in form to an Iron-Age defended enclosure, with no sign of a motte. The inner enclosure was defended by two banks, the outer of which survives only on the western side. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER record)

The monument comprises the remains of a medieval ringwork, a defensive enclosure with surrounding outer bailey. The ringwork itself originally measured about 80m in diameter - and the outer bailey about 140m in diameter. Buildings and garden enclosures have encroached upon the outer terrace on the SW and NE sides, but the remaining elements of the site are both well-preserved and well-managed. (Scheduling Report)

'Vestigial' when seen by Leland in 1530's. This area was subject to pirate raids at almost all periods of history. The post medieval Court Farm lie just outside the enclosure. It may well be the medieval manorial centre was also outside the enclosure with this being retained mainly for livestock but it is entirely reasonable to think the the manor house was within the enclosure.
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