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Wiston Castle


This site is of disputed antiquity. If you have any information that could help clarify this site's authenticity, please post below or leave a post in the forum.
Nearest Town:Haverfordwest (8km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SN022182 / Sheets: 157, 158
Latitude:51° 49' 36.63" N
Longitude:   4° 52' 14.73" W

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This is a cracking site to visit. Probably the best Motte and Baily site I have been to. As you near the castle there is a phone box and a large are next to it where you can park. The castle is in a field across the other side of the lane - easily seen from the phone box. Access is via an open gate. Just one word of warning - the ground approaching the castle is very boggy and wet - even though it doesn't look it! Posted by CARL
23rd April 2010ce


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There's an excellent example of a motte and bailey castle here, with a well preserved ring keep, but that's not at all relevant to this web site. The area where the castle is built is not widely recognised as having prehistoric providence, but having visited a number of times I inclined to think there's a strong possibility that it was built on an existing Iron Age settlement. I base this theory on the unusually large size of the bailey in proportion to the motte.

In the book Saints and Stones (ISBN 1-84323-124-7) Davies and Eastham draw similar conclusions, suggesting that the Guise (or Gwis) family built their castle on, "what was probably a rath or Iron Age settlement". I need to do some more reading and see who else shares this idea.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
25th June 2004ce
Edited 25th June 2004ce


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Gathering the Jewels

A useful aerial photo of Wiston Castle, hopefully illustrating my point about the possibility of a prehistoric connection.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
28th June 2004ce