Coed Allt y Tywood Mound

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCoed Allt y Tywood Mound
Alternative NamesCoad Allt y Tywod; Castell Ty Maen
Historic CountryFlintshire
Modern AuthorityFlintshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Large mound of earth and rubble 15m high with a flat top 13m diameter lies on ridge with steep slopes to North and North East. Other similar features nearby so site could be natural. Considered a possible medieval motte by Spurgeon (Manley, J, Grenter, S & Gale, F, 1991, pp171). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

This site has been considered by some writers to be a castle but is rejected as such by Hogg and King. In CA (1983) King puts in possible castles list but writes probably natural. Adaption of a natural mound into a motte is a possibility. Presumably this is what Lewis refers to when he writes "Near Orsedd, in the hamlet of Edenowain, stood Castell Ty Maen, a seat of Ednowain Bendew, or "Owen the strongheaded," lord of Tegengle in the eleventh century, and one of the fifteen tribes of North Wales; there are no remains of this extensive pile, except the lofty mound on which it stood, now covered with a thriving plantation."

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ144769
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  • Manley, J., Grenter, S. and Gale, F., 1991, The Archaeology of Clwyd p. 171
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 155 (possible)
  • RCAHMW, 1912, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Flintshire (HMSO) p. 96 no. 273 online copy
  • Lewis, Samual, 1849, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales online copy
  • Pennant, T., 1795, History of Whitford and Holywell


  • Swallow, Rachel, 2016, 'Cheshire Castles of the Irish Sea Cultural Zone' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 173.2 p. 288-341
  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1970, 'Castles in Wales and the Marches (Additions and corrections to lists published in 1963 and 1967)' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 119 p. 119-124
  • 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 (possible)