Bron Felin Motte

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameBron Felin Motte
Alternative NamesBronfelen Mound; Bron Felen; Bronfelin
Historic CountryMontgomeryshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Scarps define an irregular area, c.115m by 60m, upon a shelf overlooking the Severn. within is a 33m diameter ditched motte, N of which an area c.45m by 20m may have formed an inner enclosure. (Coflein)

Motte (10.67m high) with bailey extending 42.67m n of it bounded by scarp at east and steep fall at west. poss second bailey to N. sited on S flank of Severn valley. Possible damage by land drainage July 1986 (CPAT archive, 1986). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

4m motte (summit spanning 10m), sited on south side of Severn Valley, with a triangular bailey 27mx48m long, with a steep slope on the NW edge. Presumed to be an outlying garrison from Rhos Ddiarbed. (Daniel Mersey)

Gatehouse Comments

Possible second bailey to north. Probably a fortified farmhouse of a minor knight, rather than an 'outlying garrison', a precursor to Bronfelin Hall.

- 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 ReferenceSO052913
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