Castle Pill, Milford

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameCastle Pill, Milford
Alternative NamesBlackbridge; Steyton
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunityMilford

Castle Pill is a medieval castle that was possibly re-used as a Civil War strongpoint. The surviving remains include a sub-rectangular promontory enclosure, about 42m by 53m formed by scarped natural slopes to the west and south, and by a bank and ditch on the north and east. The surviving walling is 1.8m thick at the north-eastern angle. It is possible that the weak eastern bank represents a fallen wall, ending in a substantial stone building measuring 14.5m by 6.7m. This projects across the line of the ditch at the south-east angle, although this has been noted as a later feature. A further enclosure was reported to the east in 1925, but this has not been confirmed on a field visit in 1965. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

The remains are those of a medieval castle, but it is possible that this reused an IA defended enclosure, in its turn, used as a Civil War strongpoint.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSM918064
Latitude51.7174797058105
Longitude-5.01459980010986
Eastings191860
Northings206420
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 247 (listed)
  • Hull, Lise, 2005, Castles and Bishops Palaces of Pembrokeshire (Logaston Press) p. 76
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 31
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 86 (slight)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 399
  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 390 no. 1109 online copy
  • Owen, Henry (ed), 1897, The Description of Pembrokeshire (Society of Cymmrodorion) Vol. 2 p. 417
  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy