Bryn y Castell, Knighton

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Certain Masonry Castle, and also as a Siege Work

There are earthwork remains

NameBryn y Castell, Knighton
Alternative NamesBryn Castell; Cnicteton; Cnichton; Trefylco
Historic CountryRadnorshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys
CommunityKnighton

Mound 40m in diameter (flat top 15m across) and 4.4m high on the edge of a steep escarpment on its N side. Surrounded, except on the N, by a ditch 1.3m deep. Possibly castle mentioned in 1181, 1191-3 and 1207 (Coflein)

Circular flat topped motte some 40m overall dia and 4.5m high. Surrounded except at N by 1.3m deep ditch. No evidence for the bailey to s postulated by RCAHM, 1913. No further detail. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Usually described as original castle of Knighton of c1100. However, Remfry writes it is possible a supplementary castle of just after 1215. Possible had masonry shell keep. Armitage thought this might be a siege castle of Knighton, but this seems unlikely.

- 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 ReferenceSO290721
Latitude52.3431396484375
Longitude-3.04282999038696
Eastings329010
Northings272170
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Books

  • Morgan, Gerald, 2008, Castles in Wales: A Handbook (Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf.) p. 249 (listed)
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles of Mid Wales (Malvern) p. 63
  • Pettifer, Adrian, 2000, Welsh Castles, A Guide by Counties (Boydell Press) p. 181
  • Reid, Alan, 1998, Castles of Wales (John Jones Publishing) p. 33 (calls this a tumulus and casts doubt on being castle)
  • Remfry, P., 1996, Castles of Radnorshire (Logaston Press) p. 114
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 408
  • Fry, P.S., 1980, Castles of the British Isles (David and Charles) p. 361
  • Renn, D.F., 1973 (2 edn.), Norman Castles of Britain (London: John Baker) p. 219
  • RCAHMW, 1913, An inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Radnorshire (HMSO) p. 55-6 no. 215 online copy
  • Armitage, Ella, 1912, The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles (London: John Murray) p. 293 online copy
  • Davies, Edwin (ed), William, Jonathan, 1905, A General History of the County of Radnor (reprinted from 1858, Archaeologia Cambrensis (ser3) Vol. 4) p. 221

Journals

  • Hogg, A.H.A. and King, D.J.C., 1967, 'Masonry castles in Wales and the Marches: a list' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 116 p. 71-132
  • 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
  • Renn, D.F., 1959, 'Mottes: a classification' Antiquity Vol. 33 p. 106-12

Other

  • Silvester, R.J., 1994, Radnorshire Historic Settlements (CPAT report) p. 71, 72 online copy