Cilwhybert Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameCilwhybert Motte
Alternative NamesModrydd; Old Manor Farm; Cilgilbert
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys
CommunityGlyn Tarell

A moated mound, about 50m in diameter and 0.5m high, having a summit area 14m in diameter; set upon a low spur rising above the Afon Tarell valley floor: a possible adjunct of the manor house thought to have occupied the site of Cilhybert farm, as depicted on OS County series (Brecknock. XXXIII.3 1888): the house of Cilhybert is 17th century & later (see Nprn25312): OS 2nd ed. (1904) shows the moat to have been partly filled & ornamental planting upon the mound itself. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Fine motte largely made of river boulders. Possible adjunct of the manor house thought to have occupied the site of Cilhybert farm, which occupies the likely site of a bailey.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceSO014267
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