Picton Motte, The Belvedere

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NamePicton Motte, The Belvedere
Alternative NamesDungledi
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed
CommunitySlebech

A Norman motte castle was placed at the summit of gently rising ground about half a mile east of the present castellated residence. It occupies almost certainly the site of the castle of ' Dungledi,' erected by Wiz or Wizo, a Fleming, who early in the 12th century was granted by Henry I the lordship of Daugleddau, the land between the two Cleddau. There are no indications that the original wooden defences ever gave place to others in stone, and it is clear that about a century and a half after its erection it was deserted for the fine 13th-century castle, which was placed in a more sheltered position below it. The mound is about 24 feet high, and has a summit diameter of about 50 feet. The moat still remains, though made more shallow by subsequent disturbances to the mound. The bailey was probably on the north side. (RCAHMW, 1925)

A tapering oval mound, depicted on OS County series (Pembroke. XXVIII.10 1889), c.58m E-W by 40m, havind a roughly circular, level summit, c.20m in diameter, approached by a ramp from the W. A N-S ditch curves around the mound to the E, leaving a c.5.0 wide terrace on this side. The mound is first depicted in 1773, topped by a square building, possibly the domed summer house, or pavilion, under construction 1729-30. This structure was demolished by 1889; OS Landline depicting a 10m N-S by 5.0m structure upon the summit. A passageway, currently blocked, possibly a grotto, or the 'gallery' mentioned in 1729-30, is set within the body of the mound. Source: CADW 2002 (Parks & Gardens of Wales; Pembrokeshire), 281-2. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Damaged large motte. 7m high oval summit up to 24m across, damaged by insertion of grotto in one side and placing of now demolished ?summerhouse on top.

- 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 ReferenceSN016135
Latitude51.7850799560547
Longitude-4.87749004364014
Eastings201620
Northings213520
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 258 (listed as possible)
  • Hull, Lise, 2005, Castles and Bishops Palaces of Pembrokeshire (Logaston Press) p. 185-6
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 172
  • Davis, Paul, 2000, A Company of Forts. A Guide to the Medieval Castles of West Wales (Gomer Press) p. 40
  • Salter, Mike, 1996, The Castles of South West Wales (Malvern) p. 80
  • Miles, Dillwyn, 1979 (Revised 1988), Castles of Pembrokeshire (Pembrokeshire Coast National Park) p. 31
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 397
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 374
  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 383 no. 1084 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