The comprehensive gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval castles, fortifications and palaces of England, Wales, the Islands.
The listings
Other Info
Print Page 
Next Record 
Previous Record 
Back to list 

Bryn y Castell, Knighton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bryn Castell; Cnicteton; Cnichton; Trefylco

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO29017217
Latitude 52.34314° Longitude -3.04283°

Bryn y Castell, Knighton has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a Siege Work although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Mound 40m in diameter (flat top 15m across) and 4.4m high on the edge of a steep escarpment on its N side. Surrounded, except on the N, by a ditch 1.3m deep. Possibly castle mentioned in 1181, 1191-3 and 1207 (Coflein)

Circular flat topped motte some 40m overall dia and 4.5m high. Surrounded except at N by 1.3m deep ditch. No evidence for the bailey to s postulated by RCAHM, 1913. No further detail. (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. Bryn y Castell is located on the south bank of the Teme, almost equidistant from the mottes at Knucklas and Lower Stanage. The motte is c.35m in diameter and c.4m high above the base of a ditch c.1m deep. its summit is c.15m in diameter. The bailey probably lay to the south, but the area is now covered by the Knighton Town Cricket ground. As at Lower Stanage, the ditch of the motte disappears on the north side into an almost sheer drop of 12 to 15m to the flat water meadows bounding the river. (Scheduling Report)

Usually described as original castle of Knighton of c1100. However, Remfry writes it is possible a supplementary castle of just after 1215. Possible had masonry shell keep. Armitage thought this might be a siege castle of Knighton, but this seems unlikely.
Links to archaeological and architectural databases, mapping and other online resources

Data >
Coflein   County HER   Scheduling        
Maps >
Streetmap   NLS maps   Where's the path   Old-Maps      
Data/Maps > 
Magic   Historic Wales   V. O. B.   Geology   LIDAR  
Air Photos > 
Bing Maps   Google Maps   Getmapping   ZoomEarth      
Photos >
CastleFacts   Geograph   Flickr   Panoramio      

Sources of information, references and further reading
Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.
It is an offence to disturb a Scheduled Monument without consent. It is a destruction of everyone's heritage to remove archaeological evidence from ANY site without proper recording and reporting.
Don't use metal detectors on historic sites without authorisation.
The information on this web page may be derived from information compiled by and/or copyright of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, the four welsh archaeological trusts and other individuals and organisations. It may also contain Designated Historic Asset Descriptive Information from The Welsh Historic Environment Service (Cadw), licensed under the Open Government Licence. All the sources given should be consulted to identify the original copyright holder and permission obtained from them before use of the information on this site for commercial purposes.
The author and compiler of Gatehouse does not receive any income from the site and funds it himself. The information within this site is provided freely for educational purposes only.
The bibliography owes much to various bibliographies produced by John Kenyon for the Council for British Archaeology, the Castle Studies Group and others.
Suggestions for finding online and/or hard copies of bibliographical sources can be seen at this link.
Minor archaeological investigations, such as watching brief reports, and some other 'grey' literature is most likely to be held by H.E.R.s but is often poorly referenced and is unlikely to be recorded here, or elsewhere, but some suggestions can be found here.
The possible site or monument is represented on maps as a point location. This is a guide only. It should be noted that OS grid references defines an area, not a point location. In practice this means the actual center of the site or monument may often, but not always, be to the North East of the point shown.
Locations derived from OS grid references and from latitude longitiude may differ by a small distance.
Further information on mapping and location can be seen at this link.
Lidar coverage in the UK is not complete. The button above will give an idea of the area of coverage. Higher resolution lidar images in both DSM and DTM form may be available from Lle A geo-Portal for Wales (click the preview tag to bring up a map and then select format byclicking on the small blue diamond in the top right corner of the map.)
Please help to make this as useful a resource as possible by contacting Gatehouse if you see errors, can add information or have suggestions for improvements in functality and design.
Help is acknowledged.

This record last updated 20/04/2017 04:39:01