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Llangadfan Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cann Office Hotel

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ01181073
Latitude 52.68528° Longitude -3.46328°

Llangadfan Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


A mound, the SE half of which has been levelled, 4.0m high and perhaps originally 24m in diameter. "Bronze instruments" are said to have come from the levelled part of the mound. To the S an angle of scarping (at SJ01181067) may, if not a product of garden landscaping, indicate an enclosure c.54m by 46m. Three sides of a rectilinear enclosure, 47m by at least 35m, ditched at the E angle, defined elsewhere by scarps. Trenching in 1962 produced med. pottery. Very damaged by developement. (Coflein)

Motte some 4m high formerly surrounded by a ditch (see RCAHM, 1911) with poss bailey to S (see Spurgeon, C.J., 1966e) though this is now completely obscured by modern development (see OS, 1973). Much of the motte removed to accommodate hotel buildings and top levelled as base for two water tanks (see os, 1973). Surface finds made CPAT visit 1978 (CPAT site visit, 1978). whole poss associated with apparent medieval earthwork to east par 6094. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The business-like Cann Office name is actually derived from 'Cae'n y ffos', meaning fortified or ditched enclosure. (Laurence Main, 1989)
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