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Discoed Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Whitton (Llanddewi yn Hwytyn), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2766 / 52°16'35"N

Longitude: -3.0616 / 3°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 327669

OS Northings: 264808

OS Grid: SO276648

Mapcode National: GBR B3.YQY5

Mapcode Global: VH771.W1BK

Entry Name: Discoed Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2589

Cadw Legacy ID: RD059

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Whitton (Llanddewi yn Hwytyn)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of a possible motte, 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 stands on a spur between two valleys, commanding good views of the area. It appears to have been constructed by tipping material out from a natural spur, and is unusually small, being only c.20m north-north-east to south-south-west by c.16m; it reaches a height of c.2m on the west. There is no sign of any ditch. It may never have been completed.

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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