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Cae-Banal Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in New Radnor (Maesyfed), Powys

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Latitude: 52.222 / 52°13'19"N

Longitude: -3.2126 / 3°12'45"W

OS Eastings: 317262

OS Northings: 258893

OS Grid: SO172588

Mapcode National: GBR YX.23RV

Mapcode Global: VH69Q.8DHY

Entry Name: Cae-Banal Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1948

Cadw Legacy ID: RD108

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: New Radnor (Maesyfed)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. This site occupies the local summit of a steep south-easterly facing spur which overlooks the confluence of two streams. It is c.33m in diameter and c.3.8m high, with a slightly hollowed summit measuring c.17m north-south by c.15.5m. The motte is surrounded by a ditch up to c.1m deep on all sides except the east, where the natural slope is steepest; on the south-east there is a c.10m length of counterscarp c.4m wide and c.0.5m high outside the ditch.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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