Castell Pistog

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameCastell Pistog
Alternative NamesBangor Teifi; Castell Bangor
Historic CountryCardiganshire
Modern AuthorityCeredigion
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityLlandyfriog

A steep-sided, rather oval mound, about 34m north-south by 32m, ditched about, except on the north, where the ground falls away, having a round summit area, some 15m in diameter, dished up to 1.8m; there are no indications of any further works. (Coflein)

An agreeable little motte standing on the S. slope of a minor stream-valley. It is in no sense backed against any serious obstacle, but the S. is certainly the weakest side. There is a ditch all round, forming a mere step on the N. side, but elsewhere 6 ft. deep. There is no sign of a bailey, and I do not believe there ever was one. There is a deep hollow in the top, and the N.W. side has been severely mutilated, probably by treasure-hunters, fairly recently. The ungrassed sides of the cavity reveal no peculiarities of structure, only earth and a great deal of slaty stone. I doubt if all of this can have been dug out of the rather narrow ditch. (King 1956)

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 ReferenceSN382403
Latitude52.0380516052246
Longitude-4.35968017578125
Eastings238250
Northings240370
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 234 (listed)
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 30
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 41
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 46 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 44
  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy

Journals

  • 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
  • King, D.J.C., 1956, 'The Castles of Cardiganshire' Ceredigion Vol. 3 p. 55 no. 4 online copy