Banc y Bettws, Llangyndeyrn

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameBanc y Bettws, Llangyndeyrn
Alternative NamesBanc y Betws, near Tygwyn
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

Ring motte damaged by quarry. An oval flat-topped mound, c.40m E-Wv by 35m and c.9.0 high, ditched without indications of further works. (Coflein)

Banc y Bettws Motte is still in good state of preservation apart from the eastern face, which was quarried about 30 years ago. A ditch still surrounds the motte and is approximately 15 feet wide with a maximum depth of about six feet. The ditch on the northern side has been filled in and incorporated into the field. AS Maull 1983 with info from Mr Davies Ty Gwyn farm. This motte which is covered by large trees shows no sign of recent disturbance. E Morgan 1985 (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Banc y Bettws Castle Mound measures 20ft high and is saucer shaped, 60ft from lip to lip. (Scheduling Report)

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 ReferenceSN458154
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