Cefn Bryntalch Motte, Llandyssil

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameCefn Bryntalch Motte, Llandyssil
Alternative NamesLlandyssul; Castle Wood; Cefnbryntalch
Historic CountryMontgomeryshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Cefn Brytalch is an earthwork castle formed by adapting a ridge-end position above the Severn to produce two enclosures. The lower of these, c.40m by 20m, embanked and with a causewayed entrance, is open towards an upper work, c.28m by 20m, itself completely embanked. The whole is ditched about with a counterscarp, c.155m by 76m overall. (Coflein)

Motte and bailey. Motte 8m above surrounding ditch. Bank around summit 6m wide 1.5m-2m high. Except on SW (facing bailey) where it reduces to 0.5m. Bailey rampart 1m to 2m high surrounding ditch 1m deep. Motte and bailey castle. Motte to NE with causeway to bailey to SW. (Thomas D, 1998b) (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Marked as motte and bailey on OS map and recorded as such by both Coflein and CPAT but the description is that of a ringwork and 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 ReferenceSO175963
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