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Dolbedwin Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Gladestry (Llanfair Llythynwg), Powys

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Latitude: 52.1344 / 52°8'3"N

Longitude: -3.162 / 3°9'43"W

OS Eastings: 320562

OS Northings: 249092

OS Grid: SO205490

Mapcode National: GBR YZ.7Q9B

Mapcode Global: VH6B4.4MQ4

Entry Name: Dolbedwin Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1947

Cadw Legacy ID: RD099

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Gladestry (Llanfair Llythynwg)

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 feature occupies a north-west facing spur above the confluence of the Cwmila Brook with a minor stream. It is roughly circular with a square top, and is c.38m in diameter and up to c.6m high. It was described as having an encircling ditch in 1858 but this is no longer in evidence. There has been some damage on the north-west.

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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