Penlan Mound, Llanbister

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NamePenlan Mound, Llanbister
Alternative NamesPenland
Historic CountryRadnorshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Natural oval mound some 2.8m ave height. Formerly noted as poss motte (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 as a natural rocky outcrop.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO154723
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 413 (reject)
  • Downman, E.A., 1916, Ancient Earthworks in Radnorshire
  • RCAHMW, 1913, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Radnorshire (HMSO) p. 66 no. 260 online copy


  • 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 (reject)
  • Moseley, A.J., 1933, 'Parish of Llanbister' Transactions of the Radnorshire Society Vol. 3 p. 41-56 esp 45 online copy