Tredustan Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTredustan Motte
Alternative NamesTurstenton; Tredwstan
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

A mound, c.33m in diameter and c.4.0m high, removed to the NW, with no trace of a ditch or bailey. (Coflein)

Motte some 14.6m base dia by 5.5m high. Bailey to E postulated by King, D J C, 1961. Formerly noted as barrow by OS, 1964. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The site comprises a large elongated motte, orientated N/S, with a long and narrow summit 11m long. Its original shape has been altered by the development of the adjacent farm. The mound is steep sided and around 5m high on the W and 3.5m high on the E, where the surrounding ground is slightly higher. The surrounding ditch has been completely filled in. The bailey was probably located to the E. This motte is located on the opposite side of the Afon Llynfi from Trefecca Castle Mound (BR083), and together they would have commanded the gorge of the Llynfi. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO140324
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 232 (listed)
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of Mid Wales (Malvern) p. 33
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 18
  • Remfry, Paul, 1998, Castles of Breconshire (Logaston Press) p. 174
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 20


  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1963, 'Early castles in Wales and the Marches: a preliminary list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 112 p. 77-124
  • King, D.J.C., 1961, ‘The castles of Breconshire’ Brycheiniog Vol. 7 p. 91-2 no. 33 online copy
  • Renn, D.F., 1959, 'Mottes: a classification' Antiquity Vol. 33 p. 106-12 (listed as siegework–This is my best guess as to Renn site)


  • Martin, C.H.R. and Walters, M.J., 1993, Brecknock Borough Historic Settlements (CPAT report)