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Boughrood Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Boskeret; Bouret; Boyhckered

In the community of Glasbury.
In the historic county of Radnorshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO13253914
Latitude 52.04386° Longitude -3.26627°

Boughrood Motte has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A motte, c.35m in diameter and 3.5m high, with strong indications of masonry upon its 10m diameter flat summit. The SE half of the mound has been cut away by the buildings of Castle Farm. There is a ditch and counterscarp away from the farm buildings, elements of which may perpetuate the line of a bailey enclosure. (Coflein)

Motte, 3.5m high with base diameter of 35m, flat summit 10m diameter enclosed by a bank 4m wide and 1m high. Ditch 6m wide and up to 1.3m deep apparent on north-west side with surrounding bank 8m wide. Bailey remains to south-east under Broughrood Castle House and Castle Farm. Remains of one tower of a masonry phase still apparent. Excavated 1966.
Until recently the motte was tree covered and impenetrable, but tree felling and landscaping within the scheduled area has led to the summit of the motte being reformed into a garden, while the the central area on the SE has been denuded of soil cover to bedrock. This small rectangular area, adjacent to the farmhouse, was found to be disturbed by drains and has been removed from the shedule (on 5/3/2001). (Cadw 2001). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Boughrood Castle sits on a slight west-facing spur overlooking the Wye valley. The site consists of the remains of a large motte, standing c.3.5m high, with a base diameter of c.35m and a summit c.10m in diameter. The motte was originally surrounded by a ditch and counterscarp bank, which survived into recent years only on the north-west side where the ditch was c.6m wide and c.1.3m deep and the counterscarp c.8m wide. The south-eastern halves of the motte and ditch were removed by the construction of the adjacent Castle Farm. Earlier sources reported a bank c.4m wide and c.1m high running around the summit of the motte, attesting to the former presence of stone walling here; the area was however landscaped in the 1990s and these features are no longer visible. Some of the stonework may have related to use as part of the garden of the nearby Boughrood Castle. (Scheduling Report)

Paul Remfry writes the remains of the motte are now (June 2008) destroyed – apparently despite being scheduled.
The site was shown as a substantial earthwork on the 1887 six-inch OS map. The google streetview photos of the site show a featureless lawn.
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