Tower House Mound, Llangollen

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTower House Mound, Llangollen
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDenbighshire
Modern AuthorityDenbighshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Mound of earth and stones 3.6m high up to 20m in diameter. Partly in garden of tower house mostly in field to S poss site of the tower which was a place where records were kept. Prob motte remains. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Nothing obvious on map or aerial photo. The Tower is a much altered late C16 house said to have been a watchtower for Castle Dinas Bran; this is possibly a fanciful suggestion. Doesn't seem to be an obvious place for a motte and a garden prospect mound with a fanciful 'history' may be a more likely explanation. Although the online Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER seems reasonably positive in calling this a motte (although this seems to be an old OS record) no author has taken this up which suggests the full HER is rather more dismissive. Needs proper examination.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ211427
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  • Lhuyd, E., 1909, R.H. Morris (ed.), 'Parochialia, being a summary of answers to ‘Parochial Queries,’ in Archaeologia Cambrensis Supplement Vol. 1 (information collected by Lhuyd circa 1699) p. 41