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Newtown Hall Motte

In the community of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn.
In the historic county of Montgomeryshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO107914
Latitude 52.51333° Longitude -3.31703°

Newtown Hall Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A 'D'-shaped mound measuring overall 55m (NW-SE) by 35m, its flat top 40m by 15m. Height of mound is about 4m above the bottom of a broad ditch which encircles the mound except on the NW. The mound has been transformed into an ornamental feature of the grounds surrounding Newtown Hall. Possible traces of a bailey to the NW. (Coflein)

Much mutilated late c 13th motte and bailey. filled ditch to N of now D shaped motte and small stone building prob civil war refortification. Bailey 79m N-S by 61m E-W in NE corner present park. moat to S. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

After the fall of Dolforwyn, the local market was shifted from that site, down to the valley, where Roger Mortimer created Newtown in 1280. This would probably have been ramparted, and a mound rising to 5m with a 39m summit and bailey 79m by 61m was built on the south side of the town. Foundations of a stone building were found by excavation in 1910, but this may have dated from 1641, when Sir John Price refortified the site during the English Civil War. (Daniel Mersey – Castle of Wales)

1280 is an exceptionally late date for the construction of a motte, particularly one in a new English borough of a baron as significant as Mortimer. It seems reasonable to suppose there was an earlier settlement at this site and the motte may predate the foundation of Mortimer's new borough, although this was certainly the site of the manor house of that borough.
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