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Maes Gwyn, Pentrefoelas

In the community of Pentrefoelas.
In the historic county of Denbighshire.
Modern authority of Conwy.
Preserved county of Clwyd.

OS Map Grid Reference: SH86335241
Latitude 53.05664° Longitude -3.69759°

Maes Gwyn, Pentrefoelas has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


This steep sided mound about 40 paces in circumference and 7' to 8' in height unlikely to be an early castle although it has been scheduled as a castle mound (OS495). Mound, c.11m in diameter & 1.3m high, having a summit area, c.2.5m across, possibly part of garden/landscaping associated with C17. house. (Coflein)

A small mis-shapen mound 4.5m across the top and 2.5m high. No trace of bailey or ditch but very unlikely to be a motte. More likely a round barrow , stoney composition. (Davies, E 1929, 385; Hogg, A H A 1963, 87; Hogg, A H A & King, D J C, 1970, 121). Field monument warden records that there has clearly been landscaping work in rear garden & paddock of Maes-Gwyn. Considered a possible motte by Spurgeon (Manley, J, Grenter, S & Gale, F, 1991, pp171). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

A small mound 15' across the top. It is 10' high towards the stream, but only 6' towards the farm house. There is a bank to the south west. Not a very convincing castle mound. (Scheduling Report)

In 1963 Hogg and King recorded this as a certain early castle on the bases of information from O.E. Craster. In their 1970 corrections paper, following a site visit, it is put into a possible list (meaning doubtful). Might be a mound symbolic of the tenurial status of a farmstead although may just be spoil heap of a type common by farmstead, an old barrow or a post modern garden feature.
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