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Trecastle Motte

in the village of Trecastle, Breconshire (Powys) mid-Wales
SN 882 292

Photographs copyright by Malcom Ranson

The large motte at Trecastle viewed from the east (above) and the south (below).

This is the best preserved motte and bailey castle in Breconshire. An oval tree-clad motte 6m high occupied the east half of a bailey platform 115m long by 45m wide. Circumstantial evidence suggests the castle was built by Bernard de Newmarch c1095 and fell to a Welsh attack sometime between 1121 and 1136. It was probably then abandoned although possibly rebuilt in the 1150s by Walter Clifford.

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

 


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