Fforest Wood Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameFforest Wood Castle
Alternative NamesCregrina; Forest Wood Mount
Historic CountryRadnorshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

A ditched motte, 29m in diameter and 4.0-7.0m high, to the S an area, 30m by 15m, between two steep gullies, is delimited by an artificial scarp to the S. (Coflein)

Motte. 29m base dia. 9m top dia. 4m high on n and 7m on s. lies at river confluence at foot of NW facing slope. bailey some 30m by 15m lies to S. wrongly recorded as tumulus by OS, 1964. No sign of a bailey of E and W sides, (Cadw 1998). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Gatehouse Comments

The location is not strategic but probably would control the easiest access onto the summer highland grazing. The site might represent a hafod (summer residence) or hunting lodge (Forest being originally a term for land preserved for hunting, not woodland)

- 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 ReferenceSO100528
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