Doghill, Dyffryn

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop), and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry footings remains

NameDoghill, Dyffryn
Alternative NamesWorleton; Dog Hill
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan
CommunitySt Nicholas And Bonvilston

A near-square moated raised platform, 31.5-33m across, 46-48m overall, the moat having been embanked on the N and W side, and fed by a leat (reported as destroyed 1978) at the SW angle, stone abutment for bridge. Worleton was a possible seat of the Bishop of Llandaff in 1332. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the well-preserved remains of a moated site of probable early medieval date. It is situated within farmland at Dyffryn in the Vale of Glamorgan. The site comprises a central platform that is square on plan and measures c. 35m in length within a well-defined and distinct moat. (Scheduling Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Doghill is interpreted as a corruption of the name de Horguill. The Mitdehorguill family were subtenants of the Corbets in the area from C12 and probably held Coed-y-Cwm as their caput.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST092719
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  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 112
  • Salter, Mike, 1991, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan and Gower (Malvern) p. 75 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 173
  • RCAHMW, 1982, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 2: Secular Non-defensive Monuments (London: HMSO) MS9 p. 104-7


  • Spurgeon, C.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1978, 'Medieval Glamorgan' Morgannwg Vol. 22 p. 33 online copy