Llandough juxta Penarth

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameLlandough juxta Penarth
Alternative NamesLlandochau; Llan Doche Penarth
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityVale of Glamorgan
1974 AuthoritySouth Glamorgan

Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological TrustHER records 'a very doubtful' medieval castle. Site next to medieval church. This is the site of a dark ages cemetery and probable religious settlement, suggested as a high status pairing with nearby Dinas Powys. The reference to a castle presumably comes from Lewis who wrote "At a short distance from the church, to the southeast, is a small circular mound, commanding the entrances of the rivers Ely and Tâf, and probably an outpost for the defence of those rivers, communicating with the stations at Whitchurch, Romney Bridge, and Cardiff." Docks and railways have totally transformed the landscape although the area directly SE of the church does appear to be fairly unaltered.

Gatehouse Comments

As with a great number of such mounds the location is open to two main interpretations. Firstly this could be a mound (usually of later date) associated with a manorial centre itself dating from the same time as the foundation of the church. Secondly this could be an ancient mound of local cultural significance that attracted a church to be founded next to it. Lewis has assumed the mound was a manorial motte and given it a rather dubious tactical consideration. It was more probably a barrow long since dug away by treasure hunters and for the repair of pot holes in roads.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST168731
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  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy