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Cwm Meurig Isaf

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castell Ystrad–Meurig; Castell Pridd

In the community of Ystrad Fflur.
In the historic county of Cardiganshire.
Modern authority of Ceredigion.
Preserved county of Dyfed.

OS Map Grid Reference: SN71856777
Latitude 52.29313° Longitude -3.88034°

Cwm Meurig Isaf has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Small medieval motte, surrounded by a ditch. This is probably the original castle at Ystrad Meurig, built in the early 12th century by the Normans and destroyed c.1137. A stronger castle was built after this close to the present village of Ystrad Meurig. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

A steep-sided, flat-topped circular, apparently ditched mound, about 23m in diameter & 5.0m high, having a 10m diameter summit area, showing the clear scar of an excavation trench on the east; possible indications of a curvilinear enclosure, roughly 40-50m across, on the north: there is no evidence to support the suggestion that this site represents the original castle of Ystrad Meurig, predecessor of the complex enclosure, 1.5km to the west (Nprn300842). (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. This site is a steep-sided, flat-topped circular mound, c.23m in diameter and c.5.0m high, with a summit c.10m in diameter showing the clear scar of an excavation trench on the east. The mound is surrounded by a ditch c.0.5m deep. There are possible indications of a curvilinear enclosure, roughly 40-50m across, on the north. It has been suggested, with no clear evidence, that this might represent a precursor to the more complex castle site (SAM CD032) 1.6km to the west. (Scheduling Report)

There is no reason for the original administrative castle to be sited away from settlement and the road network. This motte likely to be a mound showing the knightly status as a tenant rather than the administrative centre of the commote.
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