Maindee Camp

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameMaindee Camp
Alternative NamesCasnewydd; Newport
Historic CountryMonmouthshire
Modern AuthorityNewport
1974 AuthorityGwent

A roughly oval enclosure, c.70m E-W by 50m, much mutilated through the construction of houses and gardens. A summerhouse stood within the enclosure, c.1800. (Coflein)

Built over & mutilated; may be a small hill top camp, but more probably a ring-motte with bailey to E. An unclassified or doubtful site. Maindee Camp has been now been near destroyed as a result of development over much of the site. Records from 1909 (Arch Camb 6th Ser 9 1909 p. 372) describe the earthwork as nearly circular in shape with a diameter of 250ft and is univallate with no sign of a ditch. Excavations produced two stone axes.

In 1953 a site visit, as recorded on the OS card states that the feature 'has been extensively mutilated by the erection of modern houses…It is impossible to differentiated between ancient, natural and modern artificial slopes. At no point was there any trace of a ditch or complete rampart. The earthwork is unusually small for any type of defensive camp and Dr Savory's classification (as a ring-motte with bailey to the east) is possibly correct; however no substantiating classifiable material has been recorded. (Wiggins 2006)

Gatehouse Comments

Possible ringwork and bailey on point of spur, now built over. Possibly the site of an Iron Age hillfort. A small moated enclosure was noted by Paul Courtney on an early map but this has disappeared under later housing. Did this represent a successor house to the castle? (Gatehouse thanks David Maynard for information on this site.)

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST330885
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 289
  • Coxe, W., 1801, An Historical Tour in Monmouthshire (London) Vol. 1 p. 91


  • King, D.J.C. and Alcock, L., 1969, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Château 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)
  • Nash-Williams, V.E., 1933, Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 88 p. 343
  • Savory, H.N., 1950, Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies Vol. 13 p. 237
  • Morris, A.H., 1909, Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 64 p. 412?


  • Wiggins, H , 2006, Prehistoric defended enclosures in Gwent