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Castell Hithoet

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hychoet; Castell Coch

In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

Castell Hithoet has been described as a probable Uncertain.

There are uncertain remains.


Ricardus comes Cornubiae resedificavit castellum de Radenor prius combustum ab exercitu Lewelini principis illo, ut dicebatur, inconsulto; sed circa finem illius anni discordia inter dominum regem et Ricardum Marescallum orta est, unde idem Marescallus cum indignatione magna a curia recessit et ad Walenses venit, et fidelitate juxta eisdem acceptis quibusdam ex illis secum, villam de Monemu, multis ex suis viris interfectis, combussit, et castra de Kirdive et de Penkelli, de Bulkedinas, de Gevenu et de Blanelleveni cepit. Lewelinus princeps villas de Brechonia et de Clua combussit, et castrum quod vocabatur castell Hithoet cepit et destruxit, necnon et villam de Albo Monasterio in cinerem redegit. (Annales Cambriae 1233)

The prince is described as having overrun Dyffryn Tefeidiog after burning Clun, but this gets us no closer, for the term is merely the Welsh name for the valley of the Teme, to the south of Clun. Llywelyn' general course is clear enough, though the identity of the castle castle which he destroyed remains impenetrably obscure. We have two names for it, both for different reasons unhelpful; on the one hand, no castle is known with any name remotely resembling Hithoet; on the other hand, Castell Coch is a name only too common, and too applicable to sites in the red sandstone country through which Llywelyn's route lay. (King 1983)

Site mentioned in 1234. Hogg and King (and Jackson ) don't specific Shropshire.
Remfry writes (pers corr) almost certainly Bryn Amlwg which is entirely feasible but, as King states, certain identification is impossible on the available evidence. Unlikely to be an unknown or lost castle.
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