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

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
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