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Bishop's Moat

Powys, Wales (SO 291 896)

Text copyright by Daniel Mersey
Photograph copyright by Paul M. Remfry

Stands at a height of 340m overlooking the Powys/Shropshire border. Bishop's Moat is a 6m high motte, 13m across it's top; the motte stands on the west side of a 100 x 65m bailey. The site was founded by the Bishop of Hereford around 1120, and may have been captured by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth in 1233 (the referred to site being named Castell Hitheot). The earthworks now stand near to the border town of Bishop's Castle - famous amongst the Dolforwyn excavation team as the home of the Chip Shop (serving Pineapple Fritters - if you don't know, don't ask!), and The Three Tuns pub.

Daniel Mersey

 


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