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Ballan Moor Castle

Monmouthshire, south Wales
ST 488 895

Photographs copyright 2002 by Laurie Oliver

Very little is know of this early castle which is not too far from Chepstow. Salter describes the site as a "low lying motte and bailey that may have been the creation of the Ballon family in c1086-1106." Laurie Oliver recently visited the site and made the following observations:
It is believed to be 11th Century - the site comprises a large motte with remains of ditches around and a large keep area, with a swampy area around three sides of it. The fourth side is a railway embankment.

 


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