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Wolfscastle Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wolfs Castle; Castrum Lupi; Cas Blaidd; Moldiscastel; Wolfiscastel

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SM95772650
Latitude 51.89986° Longitude -4.96983°

Wolfscastle Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


This prominent mound castle stands on a bluff at the junction of the Western Cleddau and Anghof rivers. The mound rises some 20 feet, from the level; its summit, 50 feet in diameter, has been disturbed within living memory. The surrounding ditch is shallow. To the north of the ditch is a platform, 20 feet in length, which served as the bailey, and whence access to the castle was gained. The field on which the mound stands is known as Castle Park (Tithe Schedule, No. 249). (RCAHMW, 1925)

A ditched motte, 5.0m high and 14m in diameter upon the summit, is set within the N part of a scarp-defined oval enclosure, c.70m by 88m, contain indications of buildings of uncertain period and purpose. A modern road has cut through the bailey enclosure and motte ditch. (Coflein)

Wolfs Castle stands at the junction of the Cleddau and the Anghof. The name Castrum Lupi occurs in the thirteenth century where the Latin word Lupi is a personal name of English or Anglo-Saxon origin rather than a reference to the animal. The Black Book of St Davids of 1326 refers to certain buildings here belonging to the Lord of the Manor which may suggest The physical remains consists of a motte about 7m high and 15m in diameter at the top surrounded by a shallow ditch. A small oval bailey lies to the south-east marked out by counterscarp banks and utilising the steep slope of the stream gorge. JH July 1998 based on Cadw 1997, Charles 1992 and Davis 1997. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)
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