Cae Dommen Fawr, Clydey

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameCae Dommen Fawr, Clydey
Alternative NamesCae Domen Fawr
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER report of possible motte.

Cae domen fawr, almost certainly the site of a vanished mound of the motte type (13S.W., lat 51° 58' 0", long. 4° 30' 30"), with the significant place-names Hen ffald and Cnwe y beili almost adjoining, and the present Cadivor Hall less than a mile away to the east. (RCAHMW 1925)

Gatehouse Comments

Nothing apparent on map or aerial photo. Hen-fflad (Old Farmyard) and Cnwe y beili (beili can mean bailey but also refers to lower status courtyards) are close by but have no obviously relationship other than proximity. Is 'field of the little mound' really that suggestive of a motte castle? Footpaths did run to this location possibly suggesting something was here although what is open to considerable question. The field are shown as scrub on earlier maps suggesting this is not a area subject to intense agriculture and other pre-historic mounds and camps do survive in the area. However a small barrow, without ditches, might arguably have been readily lost without sign. The hill slope location is, perhaps, more that of a barrow than a motte. Cadifor Hall is a much later building taking its name from local mythology that is arguably better associated with Carmarthenshire just south of this site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN277328
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  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 71 no. 169 online copy