Llechryd Earthwork

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameLlechryd Earthwork
Alternative NamesLlechrhyd
Historic CountryMontgomeryshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

A small earthwork, which was doubtless originally constructed to protect an important ford over the river Vyrnwy, and which at a later period probably gave way to a medieval dwelling. What is visible at the present time is a cut from the river, extending for 25 yards, with another cut at right angles, of about 30 yards in length; if the third side was defended by a similar channel running to the river, it has disappeared. What appear to be foundations of a stone construction of quite indefinite purpose have been met with on the opposite side of the river. (RCAHMW)

Small bank 9m wide by 1.3m high. Probably Medieval work to protect ford adjacent. Approached by cobbled track now disused. (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 Spurgeon as not a motte. Whilst not a motte there does seem to have a small medieval enclosure of some sort here although the enclosure may have been for stock control before crossing the ford rather than defensive.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ196161
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  • RCAHMW, 1911, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Montgomeryshire (HMSO) p. 149 no. 766 online copy


  • Spurgeon, C.J., 1966, ‘The castles of Montgomeryshire’ Montgomeryshire Collections Vol. 59 p. 56 (reject) online copy