Woodstock Ring, Ambleston

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

There are earthwork remains

NameWoodstock Ring, Ambleston
Alternative NamesAbleston
Historic CountryPembrokeshire
Modern AuthorityPembrokeshire
1974 AuthorityDyfed

This site has been considered by some writers to be a castle but is rejected as such by Hogg and King as probably prehistoric.

At the junction of four roads a few yards east of Woodstock school-house is an enclosure of about 60 feet in diameter, which is possibly the site of a small moated dwelling, though there are at present no indications of a moat. A surrounding bank stands about 3 feet high. In the same field are the ruins of a small chapel and burial ground of Rinaston. (RCAHMW)

A subrectangular, round-angled earthwork enclosure, 16-20m across, defined by a steep-sides, comparatively well preserved bank, showing a possible entrance on the east, showing indications of a ditch; traces of a rectangular structure, or building have been noted within. Set about 16m north-east of a second earthwork enclosure (Nprn402163). (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

In village, next to site of Chapel and a 'Court Farm' in what superficial looks just like a typical manorial centre. Clearly not a timber castle but may well have had medieval use as a manor house. Alternatively the chapel was deliberately sited near a prehistoric enclosure of some significance and the village then grew up around the chapel.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN022256
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 400
  • RCAHMW, 1925, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Pembrokeshire (HMSO) p. 3 no. 4 online copy


  • 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 (reject–probably prehistoric)