Bryn y Cwn Motte, Flint

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameBryn y Cwn Motte, Flint
Alternative NamesPlas yn Balls; Bryn-cwn; Bryn y cwm
Historic CountryFlintshire
Modern AuthorityFlintshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd
CommunityFlint

Bryn-y-Cwn is a large earthwork motte and partially surviving counterscarp bank located about 1 mile north of Flint. The site consists of a tree-clad circular mound, c.55m in diameter and 8.0-12m high, with a summit diameter of 16m, set upon the N end of a spur, ditched to the S. The location of the bailey (if any) has been lost. There is no recorded history for the castle, although possibly it is the site 'palisaded' in 1244 (see Hen Blas as alternative site for this work). Its proximity to the castle at Flint may be an indication that Bryn-y-Cwn Castle served as an outpost or support site for this larger castle nearby. (Dervived from Coflein)

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 ReferenceSJ238714
Latitude53.2344703674316
Longitude-3.14271998405457
Eastings323830
Northings371440
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 238 (listed)
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 80
  • Salter, Mike, 1997, The Castles of North Wales (Malvern) p. 87 (slight)
  • Manley, J., Grenter, S. and Gale, F., 1991, The Archaeology of Clwyd
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 153
  • Davies, E., 1949, Prehistoric and Roman Remains of Flint (Cardiff)
  • RCAHMW, 1912, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Flintshire (HMSO) p. 25 no. 86 online copy

Journals

  • 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
  • Jones, H.L., 1854, 'List of the Pre-Historic Remains of Wales - arranged according to Counties. No. I.' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 9 p. 86 online copy