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Latitude: 52.3442 / 52°20'39"N
Longitude: -3.0522 / 3°3'7"W
OS Eastings: 328419
OS Northings: 272313
OS Grid: SO284723
Mapcode National: GBR B4.TF6V
Mapcode Global: VH76P.1BSS
Entry Name: Knighton Mound & Bailey Castle
Source ID: 505
Cadw Legacy ID: RD053
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Motte & Bailey
Community: Knighton (Tref-y-clawdd)
Built-Up Area: Knighton
Traditional County: Radnorshire
The monument comprises the remains of a motte and bailey castle, a military stronghold built during the medieval period. A motte and bailey castle comprises a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil or stone (the motte) surrounded by, or adjacent to, one or more embanked enclosures (the bailey). Both may be surrounded by wet or dry ditches and could be further strengthened with palisades, revetments, and/or a tower on top of the motte. Knighton motte and bailey castle stands high above the valley of the Teme and commands a wide view of three approaches to the hills on the north-west, west and south-west. The motte has been partially despoiled, and the bailey is now a mixture of orchard and allotment. Houses have been built in bailey ditch.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive organisation. The well-preserved monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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