PAINSCASTLE, LLANBEDR;GARDE DOLOUREUSE
Map Reference SO14NE
Grid Reference SO16644615
Unitary (Local) Authority Powys
Old County Radnorshire
Type of Site CASTLE
Broad Class Defence
Site Description The motte and bailey castle at Painscastle is 164m by 106m overall and set within a larger, possibly subrectangular enclosure, roughly 210m by 185m. The castle was rebuilt in 1231 and the traces of a stone tower upon the motte probably date from this period. A tesselated, "fairy" pavement (nprn 411612) was uncovered here in the nineteenth century.
(source OS495 card; SO14NE2)
In 1198, Painscastle was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in Welsh history (nprn 402326).
J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 21 August 2002.