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The Moat Mound and Bailey Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Kerry (Ceri), Powys

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Latitude: 52.4966 / 52°29'47"N

Longitude: -3.258 / 3°15'28"W

OS Eastings: 314695

OS Northings: 289491

OS Grid: SO146894

Mapcode National: GBR 9V.HY97

Mapcode Global: VH68B.HH0Y

Entry Name: The Moat Mound and Bailey Castle

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2620

Cadw Legacy ID: MG050

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte & Bailey

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Kerry (Ceri)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


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. The motte measures c 27-32m in diameter at the base and c 10.7m at the top which is 4.3m high on the west and 9.5m high on the east. The mote is surrounded by a ditch and a well defined counterscarp bank on all sides except the north west. The bailey measuring c35m by 24m lies to the west and is defined by a scarp.

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.

Source: Cadw

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