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CASTELL CWM ARAN; CASTELL CYMARON

Site Details


NPRN 306162

Map Reference SO17SE

Grid Reference SO15277031

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Radnorshire

Community Llanddewi Ystradenny

Type of Site MOTTE AND BAILEY

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description Castell Cwm Aran is a subrectangular motte, the summit c.38m by 20m, 15m high above the valley to the south and east, 9.5m high above a rock-cut ditch to the west and north, across which lies a rectilinear bailey, c.47m by 49-62m, also resting on steep slopes to the east, banked and ditched elsewhere, including towards the motte. There is a counterscarp to the west and indications of a further enclosure, c.20m deep, to the north: the whole work is c.150m by 100m overall.

The castle was first mentioned in 1144-1195AD.

(source Os495card; SO17SE4)

RCAHMW AP955052/52-3; 955087/51

J.Wiles 27.08.02

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