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MAES CELYN, MOTTE;MAESCELYN CASTLE

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NPRN 306242

Map Reference SO21NW

Grid Reference SO20671949

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Brecknockshire

Community Crickhowell

Type of Site MOTTE

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description NAR SO21NW8

A steep-sided, flat-topped mound, thought to be a medieval castle motte: set on generally south-west facing slopes, the mound is generally rectangular, about 33m north-south by 25m, and between 2.5m & 6.0m high, depending on the fall of the ground, having a summit area some 20m north-south by 10m; the southern part of the summit, terraced 1.0m above the remainder, is thought to cover the remains of a rectangular(?) tower about 7.0m across: a prominant crescentic scarp to the east of the mound may represent a bailey enclosure, in the region of 48m east-west by 41m; St Mary's chapel (Nprn306243) is thought to have been located on the eastern fringe of this area.

Source: Phillips 2004 (AW 43 2003), 149-50.

J.Wiles 04.03.05

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