Castell Foel Allt

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastell Foel Allt
Alternative NamesPilleth; Haled; Vallet
Historic CountryRadnorshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

A complex of earthworks, set above the left bank of the Lugg. At the SE is a 37m diameter, 4.1m high mound, ditched and counterscarped, to the NW and N are a complex array of enclosures and apparent platforms, the whole covering an area c.190m by 100m and includes 'Cuckoo Pen Mound IV' associated with the battle of Pilleth, 1402. (Coflein)

Motte 5.1m high. 42m base diameter. Surrounded by ditch. Bailey to NW 13.7m by 33.5m. Bank and ditch running NE-SW across site cutting through part of enclosure. Site covers total area 190m NW-SE by 100m. There is a large mound in the N corner of the site (PRN 3628), and to the south of the motte, close to the river, there is a curving gully which does not seem to be related to the motte and bailey (Cadw, 1998). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

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 ReferenceSO258676
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