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Tomen-y-bala

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NPRN303419
Map ReferenceSH93NW
Grid ReferenceSH9280536091
Unitary (Local) AuthorityGwynedd
Old CountyMerioneth
CommunityBala
Type Of SiteMOTTE
PeriodMedieval
Description
NAR SH93NW2

A medieval castle mound, one of the largest in Wales, later adapted as a garden feature with a spiral pathway to the summit.
This is a steep sided circular mound, about 40m in diameter and 8.0m high, with a level summit some 16.5m across. This would originally have had timber breastworks and perhaps a high timber tower. The mound would have been ditched about. It is not known whether there were any other fortifications.
The castle can be associated with a manor or llys, a princely court, the head place of Penllyn commote. Its conquest is recorded in 1202 and it may have remained active into the thirteenth century. Edward I was present at Bala in 1284. In about 1310 a borough was laid out south-west of the mount (NPRN 58040/33151). In the early fifteenth century a garrison was present in the town with no mention of the castle.

Source: History of Merioneth II (2001), 410, 231-2

John Wiles 09.07.07
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application/vnd.ms-excelGATP - Gwynedd Archaeological Trust Projects Archive
application/pdfCA - Cotswold Archaeology Projects Archive
application/pdfCA - Cotswold Archaeology Projects Archive
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