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Castle Kinsey, Court Evan Gwynne

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cwrt Gwynne; Clyro 2; Court Evan Glynne

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO21564475
Latitude 52.09558° Longitude -3.14679°

Castle Kinsey, Court Evan Gwynne has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A ditched motte, c.31m in diameter and 4.0-6.3m high, with a bailey enclosure, c.52m by 40m, partly defined by scarps to the E. The bailey scarps continue around the N of the motte as a counterscarp. The motte appears to have traces of spiral paths cut into it and may be considered as a garden feature (see Nprn86212) - possibly associated with farmstead partially built over site (Nprn81884). (Coflein)

Motte up to 6.5m high and 11m dia at top and skirted by bank and ditch (remains) on N with a sub-oval bailey 50m long (nearly destroyed) to the SE. No further detail. Motte, 12m in diameter and c.5.5m high. Much of the vegetation has been cut back recently which has helped to clarify its structure. The ditch and its counterscarp bank on the northern side is clearer as also is the outline of the bailey adjacent to the motte on its eastern side (Cadw, 2000). (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. Castle Kinsey is defended on the north by the deep ravine of Cwm Byddog and commands extensive views of the Wye valley to the east, south and west. The motte is c.5.5m high and 12m in diameter at the top, with a slight ditch and counterscarp surviving around its northern side. The line of the counterscarp continues eastwards beyond the scheduled area as a scarp to define the position of a bailey to the east-south-east, which measures c.50m east-south-east to west-north-west by 40m. (Scheduling Report)

Little trace of apparently stone masonry.
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