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Llandough juxta Penarth

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Llandochau; Llan Doche Penarth

In the community of Llandough.
In the historic county of Glamorgan.
Modern authority of Vale of Glamorgan.
Preserved county of South Glamorgan.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST168731
Latitude 51.45186° Longitude -3.19797°

Llandough juxta Penarth has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological TrustHER records 'a very doubtful' medieval castle. Site next to medieval church. This is the site of a dark ages cemetery and probable religious settlement, suggested as a high status pairing with nearby Dinas Powys. The reference to a castle presumably comes from Lewis who wrote "At a short distance from the church, to the southeast, is a small circular mound, commanding the entrances of the rivers Ely and Tâf, and probably an outpost for the defence of those rivers, communicating with the stations at Whitchurch, Romney Bridge, and Cardiff." Docks and railways have totally transformed the landscape although the area directly SE of the church does appear to be fairly unaltered.

As with a great number of such mounds the location is open to two main interpretations. Firstly this could be a mound (usually of later date) associated with a manorial centre itself dating from the same time as the foundation of the church. Secondly this could be an ancient mound of local cultural significance that attracted a church to be founded next to it. Lewis has assumed the mound was a manorial motte and given it a rather dubious tactical consideration. It was more probably a barrow long since dug away by treasure hunters and for the repair of pot holes in roads.
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