Bromfield Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are no visible remains

NameBromfield Castle
Alternative Namescastellum de Bromfeld
Historic CountryDenbighshire
Modern AuthorityWrexham
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Bromfield Castle was according to the annals of Chester burnt on the 3rd March 1140 by the Welsh. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

mcxl (fn "1141" (Kennet)) ij kal. Julii urbs cestria combusta et castellum de Bromfeld v non. Martii. (Annales Cestrienses)

Gatehouse Comments

Bromfield was a lordship and hundred around Wrexham (Cantrev Uwch Nant). Although the bounds of the hundred were clear in the C19 the bounds and extent of the medieval lordship may have been different and may have varied. Indeed one function of castles in the Marches may have been to establish such bounds and their destruction related to boundary changes. King suggests this castle is either Erddig or Marford (Flints), although it is also often identified with Roft Castle. The Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER record, from which the given map reference is derived, may be speculative and of the possible sites around Wrexham this particular grid square has nothing to suggest it was the site of even a small castle. It is unlikely that Bromfield was a separate castle and was almost certainly another name for known castle of which Roft and Erddig are the prime candidates. This site is recorded as questionable in the sense of being a separate unknown castle at this rough location.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ360500
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 105
  • Lloyd, J.E., 1912, History of Wales (London) Vol. 2 p. 477 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Christie, R.C. (ed), 1887, Annales Cestrienses: Chronicle of the Abbey of S. Werburg, at Chester p. 21 online copy