Castell Cynon, Lampeter Velfrey

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Cynon, Lampeter Velfrey
Alternative NamesLampeter Velfry; Castell Cynen
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityLampeter Velfrey

Earthworks thought to represent the remains of a medieval castle: a rather subcircular banked and ditched enclosure, about 26m in diameter, crowning the butt-end of an east-facing ridge, showing a north-facing entrance. (Coflein)

This mound castle is situated about 180 yards north of the parish church; it shows no sign of a bailey. The mound rises to a height of 12 feet. The summit is 120 feet in diameter, and has a depression in the centre. The surrounding ditch is now considerably filled in; it is seen at its best on the west, where the counter- scarp has a height of 6 feet. The whole structure is densely covered with vegetation. Lieut.-Colonel W. LI. Morgan, R.E., an ex-Commissioner, suggests that this motte has probably been cut down, and the squat appearance, as well as the unusual summit- breadth, makes the suggestion probable. The farm is locally called Castell Cynen or Cynon. (RCAHMW, 1925)

The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the early part of the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). It is cirular in plan and defended by a bank and ditch. The internal diameter is 90ft. (Scheduling Report)

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 ReferenceSN155146
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  • 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