Craig Ruperra Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCraig Ruperra Motte
Alternative NamesCastell Breiniog; Castell y ddraenen; Coed Craig Ruperra; Castell Breiniol; Remmi; Remni; Rubina
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityCaerphilly
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan
CommunityRudry

A roughly circular mound 32m in diameter and 6m high surrounded by a ditch and counterscarp bank, well-defined on the N and W but apparently slighter on the S and E, though partly obscured here by masking vegetation. Located at the NE end of a hillfort. Motte re-used as a landscape feature, with a revetted spiral path (extant) leading to a summerhouse, built before 1785, not noted 1875, upon the summit. (Coflein)

Suggested by Armitage as possible site of castle Remmi or Remni mentioned in Pipe Roll of 1184. Country Life records a letter of Rev. W. Watkins, c1762, recording the bizarre discovery of an erect skeleton in a room 2.5m square during the digging of the foundations of a summer-house at Ruperra (Owen, Edward (ed), 1922, Catalogue of MSS Relating to Wales in the British Museum Vol. 4 p. 847)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST223866
Latitude51.5737609863281
Longitude-3.12205004692078
Eastings322330
Northings186670
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 240 (listed)
  • < >RCAHMW, 1991, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 1a: The Early Castles (London: HMSO) < > MO4 p. 59-61
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 169
  • Davis, Paul R., 1983, Castles of Glamorgan (Alun Books) p. 47
  • Hague, D.B., 1971, in Pugh, T.B. (ed), Glamorgan County History Vol. 3 The Middle Ages (Cardiff) p. 446
  • Armitage, Ella, 1912, The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles (London: John Murray) p. 297 online copy

Journals

  • 1986, Oct 23, Country Life p. 1277-9
  • Spurgeon, C.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1980, 'Craig Ruperra' Archaeology in Wales Vol. 20 p. 26-7
  • 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
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 (Clark lists this twice, once in Monmouthshire and then in South Wales) online copy
  • Clark, G.T., 1875, 'Moated mounds' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 30 p. 68-9 online copy