Allt Ogofau, Dolaucothi

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameAllt Ogofau, Dolaucothi
Alternative NamesGogofau; Ogofau Lodge
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityCynwyl Gaeo

Probably a mine spoil tip, one of many large mounds in the area of the Dolaucothi mine complex. It has in the past been suggested to be a Norman motte. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

There is also a slight possibility that this might be a Roman spoil tip later reused as a motte. However, whilst there may have been some residual gold prospecting here in the medieval period but it is questionably this was of sufficient intensity to warrant the expense of a castle. See also Carreg Pumsant, another spoil heap of this mine suggested as a motte.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN662400
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  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 32
  • 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. 60
  • RCAHMW, 1917, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Carmarthenshire (HMSO) p. 29-30 no. 113 online copy


  • 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
  • Nash-Williams, 1950-2, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies Vol. 14 p. 80 (plate)