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

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
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