Drim Castle, Llawhaden

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameDrim Castle, Llawhaden
Alternative NamesDrum Castle; Castell y Drim
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

This earthwork stands immediately north of Drum homestead, around which are remains of old buildings, intermixed with modern cottages and barns approached by ancient sunk trackways and narrow lanes. It consists of a circular mount, 150 feet in diameter, surrounded by a 5 feet bank and a ditch. The ditch is 60 feet from the crest of the rampart to the edge of the counterscarp. The entrance, which is to the north, was approached by an earthern causeway 20 feet wide. (RCAHMW, 1925)

Drim Castle is a relatively small, sub-oval ringwork, 34m by 24m internally, with denuded and spread earthworks, thought to represent a medieval earthwork castle. (Coflein–ref. J.Wiles 19.03.02)

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). Drim Camp has a high bank and a small internal area. There is a gap - possibly the original entrance and a causeway across the ditch. (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 ReferenceSN064196
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