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Castle Caereinion Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Twmpatch Garmon; Twmpath Garmon; Kaer einawn; Gereinawn; Kaer einiawn; Kereinaun

In the community of Castle Caereinion.
In the historic county of Montgomeryshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ16350549
Latitude 52.64030° Longitude -3.23781°

Castle Caereinion Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Grassy mound in corner of the churchyard, standing up to 3m high and roughly 20m across; there is a slight depression to the south marking the probable line of the original ditch. The raised north-east sides of the churchyard may indicate the position of bailey banks. The castle lies at an important watershed between the Sylfaen Brook and the Banwy valley, on the route west from Welshpool. It was built by Madog ap Maredudd of Powys in 1156, and refurbished in 1166 by Owain Gwynedd and the Lord Rhys, after they evicted Madog's nephew Owain Cyfeiliog for swearing allegiance to the English. Owain destroyed the castle shortly afterwards with a Norman force, and nothing further is heard of it. (Helen Burnham)

Twmpath Garmon is a somewhat irregular mound, c.14-16m in diameter and 3.0m high, at the north angle of Castle Caereinion churchyard. It is identified as the motte of a castle recorded in 1156-1167. A series of yew tree-topped mounds in the south part of the churchyard may represent the bailey bank, indicating an enclosed area of c.70m by 60m. It is alternatively a preaching mound, associated with the cult of Garmon (see Nprn's306787 & 306788). (Coflein–J.Wiles 16.10.2002)
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