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Latitude: 52.3072 / 52°18'25"N
Longitude: -3.1622 / 3°9'43"W
OS Eastings: 320856
OS Northings: 268308
OS Grid: SO208683
Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.WQ4C
Mapcode Global: VH69C.48MN
Entry Name: Mound & Bailey Castle, Bleddfa
Source ID: 1928
Cadw Legacy ID: RD061
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Motte & Bailey
Community: Llangunllo (Llangynllo)
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. The site at Bleddfa is a mutilated oval mound, measuring c.46m north-west to south-east by c.36m and up to c.9m high, surrounded by a ditch and counterscarp. Traces of masonry have been noted on the summit. The castle is first mentioned in 1195, when the stone tower may have been built. It was captured by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1262 and is said to have been derelict by 1304. The bailey, an attached defended area, probably lay to the north of the motte within the outline of the modern field.
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.
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