Parc y Domen Issa, Cenarth

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameParc y Domen Issa, Cenarth
Alternative NamesCenarth Fawr; Y Domen Fawr; Emlyn
Historic CountryCarmarthenshire
Modern AuthorityCarmarthenshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityCenarth

Well preserved motte, 5.2m high, 42m diameter, with traces of a silted-up ditch and no sign of a bailey. (Coflein)

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. Parc y Domen is situated c 100m south-west of St Llawddog's Church, Cenarth on the south side of the river where it was presumably constructed to cover the crossing . It will have originated in the late 11th century - early 12th century, following the penetration after 1093 of Roger Montgomery and his Norman army as far as Cardigan. The motte is about 5m high and is 15m in diameter across on the top with a ditch of c 6m width traceable on all sides except the west. (Scheduling Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Possible site for the documented castle of Emlyn.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceSN269414
Latitude52.0440406799316
Longitude-4.52521991729736
Eastings226910
Northings241420
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 236 (listed)
  • 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. 31
  • 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. 54
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 139
  • RCAHMW, 1917, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Carmarthenshire (HMSO) p. 13 no. 56 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