Caerphilly Town Defences

Has been described as a Possible Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameCaerphilly Town Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityCaerphilly
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan

Listed in Bond's 'post-Conquest medieval defensive circuit sonsisting only of gates and/or earthen defences' as unknown form.

The town may have been enclosed by a ditch and earthern bank. (Soulsby)

Gatehouse Comments

Even the site of the medieval town is uncertain, although presumably to the east of the castle, and the evidence for defences of any sort is weak.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST157870
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 273
  • Beresford, M., 1988 (revedn), New Towns of the Middle Ages p. 553
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds), Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • Soulsby, Ian, 1983, The Towns of Medieval Wales (Phillimore; Chichester) p. 92-3
  • Barley, M.W., 1975, 'Town Defences in England and Wales after 1066' in Barley (ed) The plans and topography of medieval towns in England and Wales (CBA Research Report 14) p. 57-71 online copy
  • Rees, W., 1937, Caerphilly Castle: A history and description (Cardiff) p. 31


  • Creighton, Oliver, 2006, ''Castles of Communities': Medieval Town Defences in England; Wales and Gascony' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 75-86