Lampeter Church Mound

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameLampeter Church Mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCardiganshire
Modern AuthorityCeredigion
1974 AuthorityDyfed

Lampeter. On the north side of the church is a moated tumulus, which might have been the original Welsh castle of Lampeter, and that near the turnpike, above described (Stephen's Castle), might have been erected by order of King Stephen (Meyrick, p. 219) (King 1956)

From recent evidence supplied by Mr Bob Joyce of original OS survey drawings 1819 and Dawson's map of Lampeter 1832 it would suggest the Motte lies to the North of the Church and possibly within the church yard RJ 2001. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

The dating of this to the time of King Stephan by Meyrick is probably received wisdom rather than informed speculation but if a motte certainly could have been an early castle. It is entirely possible that two castles in Lampeter existed at the same time as they did at Hay on Wye.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN575484
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  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 44
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 48
  • Meyrick, Samuel Rush, 1907 (orig pub 1810), The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan (Brecon) p. 219
  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy
  • Dawson, 1832, Map of Lampeter


  • King, D.J.C., 1956, 'The Castles of Cardiganshire' Ceredigion Vol. 3 p. 68 noII (vanished) online copy