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Llanfyrnach Motte

In the community of Crymych.
In the historic county of Pembrokeshire.
Modern authority of Pembrokeshire.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SN21963122
Latitude 51.95092° Longitude -4.59203°

Llanfyrnach Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a Masonry Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A motte castle with traces of a bailey court, immediately north-west of the parish church. The mound rises to a height of 25 feet; its summit is 60 feet in diameter. In the centre a depression of from 8 to 10 feet is surrounded with traces of stone foundations. These have a width of 8 feet. The mound, the sides of which are heavily clothed with vegetation, is being dug into for gravel; otherwise it is well preserved. Between it and the churchyard are faint traces of the bailey. (RCAHMW)

Overgrown ring-motte and bailey. (King)

Mound, 6m high, now a garden feature, interpreted as a ditched motte. Stone foundations around the summit of the motte and remains of a bailey, are problematic. (Coflein)

A ring motte c.4m high with a flat top and steep sides. No bailey is visible but this may be due to the development around the site, ie a road to the east and south side and a house to the north. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Is this a ringwork, partly filled in with the rubble from a long gone tower or a tower with earth pilled around it to give it the look of being on a mound (Such as at Lydford, Devon). The limited understanding of the diversity of castle forms by earlier authors may mean the given descriptions are distorted.
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