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Aberyscir Castle

Breconshire (Powys) mid-Wales
SO 000 296

A motte lies in the trees above the junction of the Usk and Afon Yscir. A ditch protects the approach from the north. The summit measures 30m by 20m and has on the SW side a straight piece of wall about 20m long, once about 2m thick, and now 2m high towards the field, but on the other side almost level with the motte top. Tucked into the corner of the south end are traces of what may have been a small round tower. This castle has no know history but it is thought to have been built either by Bernard fitz Unspac, or by the Waldeboefs, who inherited lands here during Henry I's reign. Just 300m further north are traces of what looks like a 20m diameter ringwork, possibly a siege work erected by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth in the period 1217-34.

Mike Salter, The Castles of Mid Wales, Folly Publications, 2001.

 


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