Graig Wood, Caerleon

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameGraig Wood, Caerleon
Alternative NamesCaerllion; Llantarnam; Graig-yr-Eurych; Colstar; Craig Wood
Historic CountryMonmouthshire
Modern AuthorityNewport
1974 AuthorityGwent

An oval mound, c.36m E-w by 24m and 4.7m high, having a summit area of 19m by 12m. Resting on steep slopes above the Afon Lwyd, the mound is ditched and counterscarped elsewhere. (Coflein)

Close to the Dowlais Brook, just East of the grounds of Llantarnam Abbey, the mound lies at the top of a steep slope down to the brook on its North side. It is a large oval tree covered mound with steep sides and a flat top. It is c4m high and the top measures 13 x 22m. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Badly damaged.

- 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 ReferenceST318924
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