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Trefecca Castle Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Talgarth, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9827 / 51°58'57"N

Longitude: -3.251 / 3°15'3"W

OS Eastings: 314182

OS Northings: 232321

OS Grid: SO141323

Mapcode National: GBR YW.K66X

Mapcode Global: VH6BV.LFPD

Entry Name: Trefecca Castle Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1737

Cadw Legacy ID: BR083

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The site comprises a shapeless mound, 2.4m high, in a private garden to the E of the Afon Llynfi. Much of the W side of the motte was removed during the building of the railway cutting in the 19th century. The probable site of the bailey lies to the E in an area now occupied by a house and garden.

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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