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Kerry Motte

Powys, Mid-Wales (SO 147 895)

Copyright © by Daniel Mersey

Built by Madog ap Idnerth around 1135, to command the important ancient track along the Ceri Ridge - countering the power of the Mortimers in Montgomeryshire.  It rises 7m above a ditch (spanning 10m at the summit), with a kidney shaped bailey 38mx24m below. The Ceri Ridge was an important track, following parallel to the Severn in mid Wales. Other castles overlook and guard the site - such as Symon's Castle and other earthworks can be found (for example, a motte lies behind the Blue Bell Inn between Bacheldre and Churchstoke - another favourite spot of the Dolforwyn excavation team!).

 

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