Castell in Solva

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell in Solva
Alternative NamesY castell; Henre Ruffydd
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

The 1st and subsequent editions of the Ordnance Survey map show a "Castell" in this location. This site is described by Rigg (1977) as a possible incomplete castle site of the 12th/13th century. MM March 2003. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust record but given map reference is SM8025)

An inland promontory, c.116m by 34m, appears to have been adapted as a defended enclosure, cut off by a bank, with a possible entrance, across its neck to the SW. There are indications of artificial scarping along the NW side, with possible traces of a bank and ditch. The site was reported as having been obscured by the remains of cottages and gardens (1925), whilst walling about the presumed perimeter is recent. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Earthwork on spur of land at SM80452545 marked Settlement on modern map but site of castell on 1st edition map, is Iron Age Hillfort of Y Castell, or Henre Ruffydd. Presumably a reference to that site. There is only slight possibility of medieval use or origin.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSM804254
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  • Rigg, J., 1977, Pembrokeshire Enclosure lists