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Castle Madoc

Powys, Mid-Wales
Photograph copyright 1996 by Henry Powell

Mike Salter 1991

The Powell family constructed a ringwork about 25m in diameter in c1095-1120. The rampart may have been slighted towards the approach on the south when they later built a motte and bailey castle on the lower ground to the SW. The motte rises 6m above a ditch with a 3m high counterscarp on the east. The summit measures 22m east-west by 18m north-south. The bailey south of the motte is said to have been given a curtain wall in the 14th century but there are no obvious remains of such. The bailey site is now occupied by a house (shown at right) bearing a datestone of 1588 with the initials of Thomas Powell. This was remodelled in the late 17th century and has 19th century additions.

 


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