Ty Du, Pendoylan

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTy Du, Pendoylan
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan

A sub-circular ditched mound, 16.5-18.5m in diameter and 0.8m high, 30-31m overall diameter. Described as a motte by the RCAHMW, with traces of a bailey on the NE. Recent disturbances have produced the impression of a causeway. Charcoal, mortar and coke from the mound, with reports of 'iron balls', suggest a comparatively recent date. (Coflein)

A very small motte with possible traces of a bailey. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

King writes 'like a miniature motte'. The smallest 'motte' in Glamorgan; isolated from settlement and with some question as to actual date and function. May represent a medieval farmstead, held by military service or a park keepers lodge, with some symbolic authority or may just be the site of some post medieval building or works with a purely coincidental resemblance to a motte.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST046770
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 255 (listed as ?post medieval)
  • < >RCAHMW, 1991, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 1a: The Early Castles (London: HMSO) < > MO10 p. 72-3
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 173


  • Spurgeon, C.J. and Thomas, H.J.,1980, 'Ty Du, Pendoylan', Archaeology in Wales Vol. 20 p. 81