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Rhayader Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.3007 / 52°18'2"N

Longitude: -3.5145 / 3°30'52"W

OS Eastings: 296823

OS Northings: 268033

OS Grid: SN968680

Mapcode National: GBR 9J.X1CZ

Mapcode Global: VH5CQ.1FCM

Entry Name: Rhayader Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2610

Cadw Legacy ID: RD132

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Castle

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Built-Up Area: Rhayader

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument consists of the remains of a castle, dating to the medieval period. A castle is a defended residence or stronghold, built mainly of stone, in which the principal or sole defence comprises the walls and towers bounding the site. Some form of keep may have stood within the enclosure but these were not significant in defensive terms and served mainly to provide accommodation. Rhayader Castle is set on a promontory above the River Wye, with large rock-cut vertical ditch to north-west and a scarp to the river plain on the west and south. The site is open ground covered with rough grass.

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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