Dolbedwin Motte

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameDolbedwin Motte
Alternative NamesTalybedwyn Tump; Dolybedwyn; Newchurch; Llys Ifor; Dolbedwyn
Historic CountryRadnorshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

Tree covered, roughly circular, square topped, mound, some 38m diameter 6m high. Base mutilated on NW by digging. Encircling ditch noted by Williams in 1858 no longer visible. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

A mound, 38m in diameter and 6.0m high, reputedly ditched in the 19th c., from which a Middle Bronze Age dirk came in 1835. (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

King writes may have been a barrow originally.

- 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 ReferenceSO205490
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