Gadlys, Llanilid

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameGadlys, Llanilid
Alternative Names
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityRhondda Cynon Taff
1974 AuthorityMid Glamorgan
CommunityLlanharan

An enclosure measuring 51.8m on the N, fronting a wet marshy area, 42.6m (W), 62.4m (S) and 50.2m (E). An internal scarp isolates the W third of the site connected with a now-vanished building. The entrance was just W of the SE angle. (Coflein)

Gadlys, listed under Medieval Moated Sites, is about 200 x 150ft. Much eroded, it has no known history. (Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Tentatively dated to 1245-1314. Spurgeon writes that Gadlys signifies military camp, castle bailey, or courtyard, and as late as 1951 the OS map designated it as a 'Roman Camp'. The site is probably the replacement to Llanilid castle but there is no evidence it was fortified.

- 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 ReferenceSS978811
Latitude51.5199089050293
Longitude-3.47308993339539
Eastings297890
Northings181130
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Books

  • RCAHMW, 1982, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Vol. 3 Part 2: Secular Non-defensive Monuments (London: HMSO) MS5 p. 91-3

Journals

  • Spurgeon, C.J. with Roberts, D.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1999, 'Supposed Castles in Glamorgan; A review' Archaeology in Wales Vol. 39 27-40