CASTELL CYNFAL, BRYN-Y-CASTELL CASTLE MOUND
Map Reference SH60SW
Grid Reference SH6149701609
Unitary (Local) Authority Gwynedd
Old County Merioneth
Type of Site MOTTE
Broad Class DEFENCE
Site Description Castell Cynfal is an isolated motte identified with a castle destroyed in 1147 and probably established only a short time before.
The castle mound is situated above a line of crags on the crest of an isolated ridge on the lower slopes of the mountains on the south side of the Dysynni vale.
This is a circular ditched mound, 42m in diameter & 5.0m high. The rock-cut ditch is some 3.0m accross & 1.0m deep. The summit of the mound is dished, producing an enclosed area about 12.5-13.5m across defined by a 1.0m high bank.
There are no indications of further works.
Source: History of Merioneth II (2001), 411-12
John Wiles 10.07.07
Scheduled as Castell Cynfal.