TRECASTLE MOTTE;CASTLE TUMP, TRECASTLE
Map Reference SN82NE
Grid Reference SN88242912
Unitary (Local) Authority Powys
Old County Brecknockshire
Type of Site MOTTE AND BAILEY
Broad Class Defence
Site Description NAR SN82NE1
A large motte and bailey earthwork castle, set on a commanding position above the village.
The motte is a steep-sided, flat-topped mound, oval in plan, 50m by 38m overall and 6.6m high. The summit is about 24m by 16m. The bailey, on the south-west side of the motte, was at least 56m by 40m. Its southern side is obscured by the modern road. Both motte and bailey were ditched and counterscarped.
Similar earthwork castles in Wales date to the twelfth century, or the earlier part of the thirteenth century. The absence of any visible stonework suggests that the castle did not retain its importance beyond that period.
John Wiles 14.03.07