Carreg Pumsant, Dolaucothi

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCarreg Pumsant, Dolaucothi
Alternative NamesGogofau; Penlan Wen
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityCynwyl Gaeo

Large mound, c.8m high x 15m in diameter. It was once thought to have been a Norman motte, but has been shown by excavation to be made up of mining spoil derived from the nearby gold mines. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Although clearly made of mine spoil this doesn't necessarily exclude later use and adaptation as a Norman motte, although other evidence, such as the lack of a bailey are more persuasive that this is not a castle site. 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 Allt Ogofau, 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 ReferenceSN663403
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  • RCAHMW, 1917, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Carmarthenshire (HMSO) p. 29-30 no. 113 online copy


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