Hay Tump

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameHay Tump
Alternative NamesHay-on-Wye Motte; Gelli; Tregelli; Swan Hotel; castello de haia; La Haie Taillee
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Hay Tump is a circular, flat-topped mound, 38m in diameter and 4.7m high, having a summit diameter of 21m, set immediately across Login Brooke from St Mary's church. The summit was disturbed for civil defence - WWII. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Usually suggested as precursor to Hay Castle, but Remfry writes may have been a separate castle occupied simultaneously with Hay Castle; He writes "The manor of Melinog, a part of Hay fee mentioned 1115... remained independent of the main Hay castle throughout the medieval period and the same may be true of this motte." Possibly the site of the 'castello de haia' which is mentioned in 1121, although Remfry says this is Hay Castle. It was probably built by William Revel, one of Bernard de Newmarch's knights.

- 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 ReferenceSO226421
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