Pant y Cadno, Llandisilio West

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NamePant y Cadno, Llandisilio West
Alternative NamesLlandysilio West; Pant-y-cadnaw
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityLlandisilio West

This much-disturbed mound, which stands about three-quarters of a mile from the parish church, is difficult of classification. It has every appearance of being a simple motte with no traces of a bailey. The present height of the mound is about 16 feet, with a summit diameter of 25 feet and a base circumference of 160 feet. The ditch has been almost entirely obliterated. (RCAHMW, 1925)

A 60m length of outward facing curvilinear scarp partially encloses a hilltop summit: this feature is ploughed down and ploughed out, cut by a road and mutilated by a silage pit. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Hillock with a vague scarp, described as a likely motte in 1915. In Hogg and Kings' 1963 early castle list but moved to the possible (meaning doubtful) list in 1970. Recorded in Coflein as U enclosure and in Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER Iron Age hillfort. In Davis's reject list but he writes possibly shaped into feeble motte. On top of a conical hill without access to water so not likely as castle.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN112226
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 257 (listed as possible)
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 45 (reject)
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 87 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 399
  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 159 no. 447 online copy


  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1970, 'Castles in Wales and the Marches (Additions and corrections to lists published in 1963 and 1967)' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 119 p. 119-124 (possible)
  • 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