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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
Source ID: 2610
Cadw Legacy ID: RD132
Schedule Class: Defence
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.
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