Castell Madoc Ringwork

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Madoc Ringwork
Alternative NamesMadog; Llanfihangel Fechan 2; Madoc North
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys
CommunityHonddu Isaf

The Powell family constructed a sub-circular ringwork, defined by a bank and ditch, 30m overall diameter and 2.0m high, enclosing an area c.14m in diameter in c1095-1120. The rampart may have been slighted towards the approach on the south when they later built a motte and bailey castle on the lower ground to the SW. (Salter)

One of two castle sites found in the grounds of Castell Madoc House (NPRN 86032). The other is the motte next to the house (NPRN 305741), about 120m to the south-west. A roughly circular ringwork bank, 30m across and 2.0m high, with a south-east facing entrance gap, showing traces of a ditch. Excavation in 1968 produced medieval material (Medieval Archaeology 12 (1968), 181). Immediately north-west of the ringwork is large pond bay set across the course of the Nant Fawr. The dam is about 40m long and the pond itself would have extended at least 80m upstream. This feature could be associated with the later house grounds. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). It is an almost circular earthwork measuring 30m in diameter with a single bank standing to a height of 2m. The interior is dished and up to 0.5m above the surrounding ground level, and the ringwork is surrounded by a partly destroyed shallow ditch. There is an entrance on the SE side. (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 ReferenceSO025370
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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. 22
  • Remfry, Paul, 1998, Castles of Breconshire (Logaston Press) p. 103-4
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 19
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 356


  • King, D.J.C. and Alcock, L., 1969, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Château Gaillard Vol. 3 p. 90-127
  • Talbot, E.J. and Field, B.V., 1968, 'TThe excavation of Castell Madoc ringwork Lower Chapel, Breconshire' Brycheiniog Vol. 12 p. 131-2 online copy
  • 1968, Medieval Archaeology Vol. 12 p. 181 download 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. 26 online copy
  • St Joseph, J.K., 1958, Journal Roman Studies Vol. 48 p. 95 (where considered to be Roman Camp)