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Bleddfa Castle

in the village of Bleddfa, Powys, Wales
SO 209 682

Photograph copyright by Jeffrey L. Thomas

The very overgrown motte and small bailey lie SE of the church, beside a stream. In 1195 High de Say was licensed by Richard I to refortify the castle and the square tower of which slight traces remain on the top of the motte was probably built around that time, although Hugh himself was killed in the battle of Radnor later that same year. It appears that the 3m of the 9m high motte is in fact the buried stump of this keep. The castle was destroyed in 1262 after being captured by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd from the Mortimers. In 1304 Edward I allowed material from the destroyed castle to be used to build the church tower, itself destroyed by the Welsh c.1403. The bailey has slight traces of two former towers and seems to have been defended by an artificial lake on its west and south sides.

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

 


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