The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Stradmore Motte

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SN25494171
Latitude 52.04630° Longitude -4.54619°

Stradmore Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


1. Cropmark of D-shaped enclosure. Univallate with ploughed out bank material visible on photograph. Possibly a motte ploughed-out at SW end. Entrance to NE. Curving cropmark cuts across the site. Possible rectangular feature in interior. DWT 14/06/1999 2. A subrectangular, banked & ditched enclosure, 56m NE-SW by 30-48m, set on low ground close by the Teifi, having a possible north-east facing entrance; a rectangular (ditched?) feature, c.20m across is apparent within. The south-eastern ditch appears to be involved in a relict channel, extending from the Teifi, about 96m to the east-north-east & 220m to the south-west. (Coflein–as ?medieval enclosure)

On aerial photographs this seems to be a moated enclosure standing as low earthworks and containing the foundations of a rectangular building. The enclosure is approached by hollow-ways from the north and south. This is almost certainly the site of the old Stradmore Mansion which was demolished in the early 19th century. The mansion was then located on higher ground to the north. K Murphy 2004. (Dyfed Archaeological Trust HER)

Location given places site in valley flood plain, an unusual site for castles in Wales but a typical place to find glacial deposits etc. The lack of other authorities makes this a doubtful site although the presence of a high status house on the site is suggestive.
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
Coflein   County HER            
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   Historic Wales   V. O. B.   Geology   LIDAR  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, the four welsh archaeological trusts and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain Designated Historic Asset Descriptive Information from The Welsh Historic Environment Service (Cadw), licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown.
Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Lidar coverage in the UK is not complete. The button above will give an idea of the area of coverage. Higher resolution lidar images in both DSM and DTM form may be available from Lle A geo-Portal for Wales (click the preview tag to bring up a map and then select format byclicking on the small blue diamond in the top right corner of the map.)
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.

This record last updated before 1 February 2016