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Pen y Clawdd Castle

5 miles north of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, south Wales
SO 310 201

Photographs copyright 1998 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

Pen y Clawdd castle consists of a modest motte protected by a double (wet) moat. Little is known about the history of the castle although it is thought that the Norman keep that once crowned the motte was one of several strongholds built locally by Roger de Hastings following an uprising of barons against William the Conqueror in the late 11th century.

Adjacent to the castle is Penyclawdd Court, a remarkable late 15th-century Tudor manor house. At one time Penyclawdd Court was being run as a country inn featuring lodging in authentic period rooms and relaxing home-cooked meals in the electricity-free dining room. Although today the house is still apparently open to the public, a recent check of the Internet seems to indicate that accommodations are no longer offered. Nevertheless, Penyclawdd Court is one of the most interesting houses in all of Wales.

Additional photographs of the castle

 

 

Photographs of Penyclawdd Court

 

 

 

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