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Site Details

NPRN 96534

Map Reference SO14NE

Grid Reference SO16644615

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Radnorshire

Community Painscastle

Type of Site CASTLE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

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.

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