Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork), and also as a Possible Masonry Castle
There are earthwork remains
|Alternative Names||Crucadarn; Castle Field
Earthworks of a small, strongly fortified, enclosure. Probably an undocumented castle site. Natural hillock has been scarped to form a pear-shaped enclosure, 60m north-east to south-west by 40m. This is encircled by a ditch and counterscarp bank. It is approached by a 50m long ramp from the direction of the village to the north-east. (Coflein)
Pear-shaped univallate enclosure c60m NE-SW by 40m wide with simple entrance on north-east. Sited on summit of low hillock. Considered to be a ringwork by Savory, H N, 1952; King, D J C, 1961; Hogg, A H A & King, D J C, 1963 though could equally well be a hillfort. The ringwork earthwork is in good condition with a number of mature trees on its banks particularly to the north-east with little scrub or animal damage (CPAT Tir Gofal assessment, 2004). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)
Crickadarn is a D-shaped ringwork castle lying just west of the church in the village of the same name. The ringwork is 50-60m across and is surrounded by a ditch of 3 to 4m, "except towards the main ridge where it appears to have been filled in" (Salter).
The ringwork ditch is supplemented by a counterscarp on all sides except to the north "where the fall is slightly greater". Greater counterscarping found on the eastern side of the ditch is possibly an indication that this was the main entrance to the castle, and traces of a possible round tower have been found in the northwest corner of the platform. Although a fair amount of rubble can be found in the ringwork ditch, there is no real evidence of masonry fortification at the site (Remfry).
The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric or medieval. The monument comprises an pear-shaped univallate enclosure with a counter scarp bank, a simple entrance and projecting bank at the northern end
It is located on the summit of a low hillock. The site is thought either to be a hillfort of Iron Age date or a medieval ringwork. (Scheduling Report)
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||SO087420