Tomenlawddog, Llangeler

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTomenlawddog, Llangeler
Alternative NamesTomen Llawddog; Domen Llawddog;Tomen Maesllan; Penboyd; Penbeher
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

The earthworks of a medieval motte & bailey castle at Tomenlawddog include a ditched, steep-sided mound, some 30-32m in diameter, rises 6.0m to a level summit area, some 10m across; on the west, scarps describe the south & western sides of a rectangular bailey, about 50m square; further scarps observed in the churchyard to the north suggest a further enclosure, or that the western bailey originally extended further to the north. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD) and, situated immediately south of St Llawddog's Church.. A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. The motte is a ditched, steep-sided mound, c 30-32m in diameter and c 5m high with a level summit of c 10m diameter. Part of the north west side has been disturbed by old quarrying. The rectangular bailey defined by low earthworks stretches 50m to the west. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN359362
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