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Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 01234g Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Monmouth Unitary authority : Monmouthshire NGR : SO5067512872 Site Type (preferred type first) : Medieval Castle Status : Scheduled Monument , listed building I
Summary : The description of this site remains the same as when visited in 1987 with the addition that the Regimental Museum is now housed within the buildings and there is a Medieval garden behind it.
Description : 1994 AM107: The description of this site remains the same as when visited in 1987 with the addition that the Regimental Museum is now housed within the buildings and there is a Medieval garden behind it.
Phillips notes that Monmouth Castle, not open to the public, was greatly altered in 1913 in a conservation and repair programme with little of the old castle surviving. The castle is strategically located on a natural rock outcrop above the Monnow River, and would have had views over the eastern border of Norman occupation at the beginning of the conquest and of old Roman routes. Phillips interprets the site as an early masonry castle with no sign of the existence of a motte (Phillips 2004).
An evaluation comprising the excavation of six trial trenches within the grounds of The Beaufort Court, Monmouth, revealed the remains of a rampart, thought to be part of a bailey associated with the creation of Monmouth Castle in the 11th century by William Fitzosbern (Monmouth Archaeology 2002).