Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

Alternative NamesLeyston
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthoritySwansea
1974 AuthorityWest Glamorgan
CommunityLlanrhidian Lower

King writes 'doubtful mound, possibly ringwork' Recorded in Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER as natural feature. Spurgeon (1999) writes "It was certainly not a motte, and it is most improbable that it was a castle-ringwork." In RCAHMW (1991) note records as "Indeterminate traces of a rock cut ditch"

Gatehouse Comments

Was this a 'rock cut ditch' or just a small quarry (or putative exploraton for a possible quarry site)?

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSS488925
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  • < >RCAHMW, 1991, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 1a: The Early Castles (London: HMSO) < > p. 92 n6
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 173
  • Hague, D.B., 1971, in Pugh, T.B. (ed), Glamorgan County History Vol. 3 The Middle Ages (Cardiff) p. 441


  • Spurgeon, C.J. with Roberts, D.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1999, 'Supposed Castles in Glamorgan; A review' Archaeology in Wales Vol. 39 27-40
  • King, D.J.C. and Alcock, L., 1969, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 3 p. 90-127
  • 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 (possible)
  • Hemp, W.J., 1920, 'Swansea Meeting Report, Wednesday August 11th' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 75 p. 315