Castell Henllys, Nevern

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Henllys, Nevern
Alternative Names
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityNevern

A settlement enclosure, about 88m north-west to south-east by 74m, occupying an inland promontory, defined on the open, north-west side by a double rampart and ditch, with an annex beyond; occupation within the enclosure ceased, about 0BC/AD, when a settlement was established in the annex, there being a possible reoccupation of the enclosure in the late/post Roman period. A continuing program of excavation has been accompanied by reconstruction of structures within the enclosure. The site is currently use for educational purposes (Mytum 1999b (Coflein)

A minor fortification of castle site abandoned by the fourteenth century is shown here on Rees' map, and the site is listed as a possible early castle site for inclusion in their main list by Hogg and King. Grimes classifies the site as a promontory fort, as do the Royal Commission. The site occupies a position at the end of a promontory of land. To the east and the south the ground falls away sharply; the Ordnance Survey recorded that these slopes show signs of scarping and that the promontory was cut off by a 15ft high rampart. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

King had doubts about this site before it was extensively excavated. The excavations have not shown medieval occupation.

- 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 ReferenceSN117391
Latitude52.0177116394043
Longitude-4.74509000778198
Eastings211720
Northings239150
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Books

  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 399
  • Rees, Wm, 1932, Map of South Wales and the Border in the 14th century (Ordnance Survey) (A handbook to the map was published in 1933)
  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 259 no. 770 online copy

Journals

  • 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 (possible)