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Llwynduris Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Beulah, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.0602 / 52°3'36"N

Longitude: -4.5719 / 4°34'18"W

OS Eastings: 223781

OS Northings: 243324

OS Grid: SN237433

Mapcode National: GBR D3.D8ML

Mapcode Global: VH2MX.PHW0

Entry Name: Llwynduris Castle Mound

Scheduled Date: 12 July 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 765

Cadw Legacy ID: CD009

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Ceredigion

Community: Beulah

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


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. Llwynduris Castle Mound is a steep-sided circular mound measuring c.35m in diameter and between 5.8m and 10.2m high, with a summit c.10m across containing a hollow c.2m by 1m. The site occupies a knoll isolated by minor watercourses to the north and south and facing out across the Teifi flood-plain to the west. A ditch is present where the ground rises away from the site on the east.

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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