Waun Tympath

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameWaun Tympath
Alternative NamesPenbre; Twmpath, Cwm Ferman
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityCefn Sidan

Waun Twmpath motte is a well-preserved castle mound some 40 metres in diameter at the base and 15 metres diameter at the top. It has a maximum height of about 7 metres above the base of a well-defined ditch which is up to 2.5 metres deep in places. It is located on the northern edge of a protruding spur of high ground, but it is overlooked from the south. (Coflein)

The motte has not been recently disturbed although a narrow section of ditch has been filled in by cattle (by Gouging out the adjacent outer bank.) Trampling through. A large metal frame has been secured to the top of the motte for unknown reasons. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). 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. Waun Twmpath measures 6m high and 35 metres in diameter and is surrounded by a silted up, but still visible ditch. It is situated at the head of a ridge of high ground, on the north and east of which the ground slopes steeply. There is no apparent bailey, or outer earthwork. (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 ReferenceSN465025
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