Dingestow Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle

There are earthwork remains

NameDingestow Castle
Alternative NamesLandinegath; Llandingat; Landinegat
Historic CountryMonmouthshire
Modern AuthorityMonmouthshire
1974 AuthorityGwent
CommunityMitchel Troy

A castle at Dingestow is recorded as being constructed 1184 and further noted in 1469. The earthwork remains include two enclosures, the upper being sub-rectangular, about 54m by 38m, the lower adjoins on the south-east and is about 36m by 60m. The castle is defined by ditches, or moats, except to the north-east where it is sited above a stream. There is a counterscarp to the north-west. Excavations in 1969 failed to locate any substantial masonry structures. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Some poor quality walls were found during the 1969 excavation. A possible motte may actually be a collapsed tower. The motte and bailey at Mill Wood, on the opposite bank of the River Trothy, is usual described as a precursor site to this castle and earlier historical references may actual refer to that site.

- 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 ReferenceSO456104
Latitude51.7897491455078
Longitude-2.78924989700317
Eastings345600
Northings210440
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 243 (listed)
  • Phillips, Neil, 2006, Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050-1250 (British Archaeological Reports) p. 182-3
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 146
  • Whittle, E., 1992, A Guide to Ancient and Historic Wales, Glamorgan and Gwent (London: Cadw HMSO) p. 94
  • Salter, Mike, 1991, The Castles of Gwent, Glamorgan and Gower (Malvern) p. 18
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 282-3
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 348
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 166
  • Bradney, J.A., 1906, History of Monmouthshire Vol. 2 p. 53

Journals

  • Leslie, J.V., 1969, '62 Dingestow Castle', Archaeology in Wales Vol. 9 p. 28.
  • 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
  • Brown, R, Allen, 1959, 'A List of Castles, 1154–1216' English Historical Review Vol. 74 p. 249-280 (Reprinted in Brown, R. Allen, 1989, Castles, conquest and charters: collected papers (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 90-121) view online copy (subscription required)

Primary Sources

  • Giraldus Cambrensis, c.1188, Journey Through Wales view online transcription
  • Stubbs, Wm. (ed), 1867, Chronicle of the Reigns of Henry II and Richard I. A.D. 1169-1192 (London, Rolls Series 49) Vol. 1 p. 288 online copy

Other

  • Phillips, Neil, 2005, Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050-1250 (PhD Thesis University of Sheffield) Download