Castell Moel Manor House, Llangain

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameCastell Moel Manor House, Llangain
Alternative NamesGreencastle; Humphreys Castle; Castle Mole
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityLlangain

Shattered ruins of a possibly 16th but probably 17th century house ruins; an early wing was incorporated into large cruciform renaissance house. Leyland (1538) noted only 'small tokens' of a house or castle, presumably a precursor to the house represented in the present ruins; an engraving of 1740 shows the house in a ruinous state, similar to its present condition. Source: Jones 1991 (Carmarthen Ant. 27), 3-20. (Coflein)

Nothing is known about the history of the worn motte and bailey known as Castell Moel located about 550m to the south of a late medieval masonry castle of the same name. This later castle is actually a L-planned medieval house that once belonged to the Rede family. Today the ruins are much overgrown and are located on private property. The most prominent remains consist of a substantial section of the eastern tower along with a portion of the northern tower. Details of windows, doorways and fireplaces can still been seen in the surviving sections of the castle. Although part of the castle may have at one time included mock battlements, it is doubtful that the building was ever intended for serious defensive purposes. (Salter).

Gatehouse Comments

The standing remains appear to be early modern rather than medieval although it does seem a late medieval house stood here.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN396165
Latitude51.8248405456543
Longitude-4.32821989059448
Eastings239630
Northings216590
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 253 (listed as possible)
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 58
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 123-4
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 29
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 60
  • RCAHMW, 1917, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Carmarthenshire (HMSO) p. 149 no. 443 online copy
  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy

Antiquarian

  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1910, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (Bell and Sons; London) Vol. 4 p. 180 online copy

Journals

  • Jones, F., 1991, ‘Annals of an old manor house: Green Castle' Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Vol. 27 p. 3-20