Castell Madoc Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Madoc Motte
Alternative NamesMadog; Llanfihangel Fechan 1; Madoc South
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys
CommunityHonddu Isaf

Motte rises 6m above a ditch with a 3m high counterscarp on the east. The summit measures 22m east-west by 18m north-south. The bailey south of the motte is said to have been given a curtain wall in C14 but there are no obvious remains of such. The bailey site is now occupied by a house bearing a datestone of 1588 with the initials of Thomas Powell. (Salter)

Locally reputed to be the castle of David Gan (Henry V). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The motte is oval in plan, measuring 28m E/W by 20m N/S, with a flat summit measuring 3m E/W by 8m N/S. The slopes on the S and E sides are gently graded, while those on the N and W have been truncated by the building of modern walling. There is no trace of a ditch or bailey, however the area surrounding the motte has been landscaped to form the garden for the adjacent house. (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 ReferenceSO024368
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 232 (listed)
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  • Remfry, Paul, 1998, Castles of Breconshire (Logaston Press) p. 103
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 19


  • Talbot, E.J. and Field, B.V., 1968, 'The excavation of Castell Madoc ringwork Lower Chapel, Breconshire : (SO./025370), July 1st-14th- an interim report' Brycheiniog Vol. 12 p. 181 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
  • King, D.J.C., 1961, ‘The castles of Breconshire’ Brycheiniog Vol. 7 p. 88-9 no. 25 online copy