Ffynogion Earthwork

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameFfynogion Earthwork
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDenbighshire
Modern AuthorityDenbighshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd
CommunityLlanfair Dyffryn Clwyd

Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust report reads 'Complex of three adjoining ditched enclosures in former water meadow. The central one is the largest with a slightly depressed, marshy interior. The other two are small with raised interiors.'

This is probably the remains of a Formal Garden, the complex of earthworks set in a former water-meadow, centring on a rectangular moated feature, c.134m by 56m overall. Scheduled as a moated site and interpreted variously as a decoy, castle or camp, the site's situation and general form suggest that it represents the remains of a formal garden. Unfortunately, no local documentation has so far come to light about the site's history. (Coflein–ref. C.S.Briggs, RCAHMW, 11.2004)

The monument comprises the remains of a well-preserved moated site, probably for a medieval homestead. It takes the form of a large rectangular earthwork, of three adjoining ditched and banked enclosures, c.134m by 56m overall, and set in a former water meadow. Alternatively it may be the remains of a formal garden. (Scheduling Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Suggested as possible motte and bailey (unlikely) or as moated site (possible). The site is not directly orientated to the post-medieval house of Ffyngion and this might suggest that the formal garden is an adaptation of an earlier feature rather than a new construction.

- 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 ReferenceSJ128562
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  • Manley, J., Grenter, S. and Gale, F., 1991, The Archaeology of Clwyd
  • RCAHMW, 1914, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Denbighshire (HMSO) p. 104-5 no. 349 online copy