Garn y Castell Motte

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameGarn y Castell Motte
Alternative NamesWeynards Castle; Waynards castle; Castellum Waynardi; Carnycastell
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Very worn down ringwork, 41m in diameter and 1.8m high, possibly the "Castellum Waynardi/Waynard's Castle" of the mid C12. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Waynard's Castle is an unidentified castle mentioned in mid C12 Charter, near Talgarth, identified as possible Trefecca Fawr by Remfry and as either Trefeca, Trefeca fawr or, most favoured, Garn y Castell by King. It should be noted the C12 Charter account is of the 'castle' as a boundary marker and does not specify medieval date or occupation of the site, although the description as 'Waynard's castle' does strongly suggest this. It is suggested it is named after Walkelin Visdelon whose father, Humphrey, accompanied Bernard de Neufmarché in his conquest of Brycheiniog and who appears to have been granted the manor (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust). Presumably, regardless of whether this was Waynard's castle or not, this was a farmstead, held by military service, and built in a form that symbolised that tenurial status.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO158297
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  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 231 (listed)
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of Mid Wales (Malvern) p. 25
  • Remfry, Paul, 1998, Castles of Breconshire (Logaston Press) p. 166
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 20
  • Dugdale, Thomas, 1846, England and Wales p. 265


  • Coplestone-Crowe, B., 1993, 'Trewalkin and its Anglo-Norman Lords' Brycheiniog Vol. 26 p. 43-9 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. 91 no. 32 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Dugdale, William (Caley, J., Ellis, H. and Bandinel, B. (eds)), 1817-30 (originally pub. 1655-73), Monasticon Anglicanum (London) Vol. 3 p. 265b online copy