Castell Pridd, Penbryn

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameCastell Pridd, Penbryn
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCardiganshire
Modern AuthorityCeredigion
1974 AuthorityDyfed

'Another tumulus' (Meyrick, p. 209). Said to be carted away about twenty-five years ago. (King, 1956)

Record in Coflein and Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER as 'Round Barrow' but with period 'Bronze Age; medieval'.

Gatehouse Comments

Tumulus was not exclusively used for burial mounds when Meyrick was writing but just meant artificial mound. However, the identification as a motte seems to be based on the placename rather than anything else. The location is isolated but could be a farmstead held by knightly tenure. Equally may have been a burial mound with the castell placename coming from a nearby Iron Age hillfort or just from a superficial resemblance to castle mounds. The name 'earth castle' does not suggest high status although is descriptive. Categorised in this database as 'possible' on King's authority only.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN295496
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 252 (listed as lost)
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 30
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 46 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 49
  • Meyrick, Samuel Rush, 1907, The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan (Brecon) p. 209


  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124
  • King, D.J.C., 1956, 'The Castles of Cardiganshire' Ceredigion Vol. 3 p. 69 no. V online copy