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UPPER LUGGY, CASTLE

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NPRN 306761

Map Reference SJ10SE

Grid Reference SJ19890214

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Montgomeryshire

Community Berriew

Type of Site MOTTE AND BAILEY

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Medieval

Site Description The remains of a castle exist on the farm of Upper Luggy, on the right bank of Luggy brook, which is a tributary of the river Severn. The steep sided, near circular mound is circa 42m diameter at base and circa 20m diameter across the summit, with a vertical height of 8m. Surrounding the motte there is a poorly defined shallow ditch, that is up to 10m wide in places.

To the east of the mound, are the remains of a rectilinear bailey, where a low bank with suggestions of an external ditch in the south-east corner define an area with rough dimensions of 36 x 43m. The northern extents of the bailey are not known due to erosion by the stream. It was estimated that 18% of the mound had been eroded away by 1995. The exposed section of the mound was recorded and conservation measures taken to prevent further damage to the monument. (Silvester, R J, 1997). The site was visited by the RCAHMW on 1 July 1909 and by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust in 1978.

Claire Parry, RCAHMW, 10 August 2011.

Sources:
Luggy Moat, Berriew: recording and conservation , Silvester, R J , 1997
Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouth I - County of Montgomery , Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales , 1911
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Historic Environment Record

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