Castell Hendre

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Hendre
Alternative NamesHenrys Moat; Castell Hendrev
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

Immediatelv north of the parish church is a fine mound, which is marked on the Ord. sheet as '"Tumulus.' It rises to a height of some 15 feet, and has a summit diameter of 35 feet; it has a slight depression in the centre. The ditch is best seen towards the west; on the east side it has almost disappeared (if it ever existed) in the steep slope of the hill. The bailey may have originally taken in the camp (No. 315 above), in which case the castle enclosure was of unusual extent; the two earth- works are now quite separate. (RCAHMW, 1925)

A sub-circular mound, 30m diameter and 3.2m high, apparently unditched, although a curved indent in the churchyard to the SW may signal the former presence of such a feature. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Castell Hendre motte measures 45ft in diameter across the top and stands to a height of 15ft. It is an irregular oval shape and is somewhat misshapen on the south side. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN044275
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