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Crug y Byddar, Beguildy

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Crug y Buddair, Crug y Buddar; Mount of Ambuscade

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO162821
Latitude 52.43038° Longitude -3.23447°

Crug y Byddar, Beguildy has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust record of ? medieval castle reads 'Remains of fortification accompanied by building remains adjoining Crug y Buddair (Williams, J, 1855). No such features apparent to OS, 1978.'

There are many other Silurian intrenchments in the northern division of the county; especially one in the parish of Bugaildu, called Crug-y-Buddair, that is, the Mount of Ambuscade; contiguous to which is an ancient Silurian fortification, accompanied with considerable remains of building. Immemorial tradition ascribes remote antiquity to this dilapidated relic, and records it to have been the occasional residence of Uthyr Pendragon, the father of the renowned Prince Arthur. Traditionary reports contain some truth, mingled with much falsehood. There is, however, reason to believe that this place belonged, if not to the celebrated hero above named, who was a Silurian, yet to some noted chieftain of the district, of a more recent era, whose name and whose actions are equally forgotten. At the foot of Crug-y-Buddair is a field, still called the “ Bloody Field,” in which it is said a battle was fought; but neither the year, or the occasion, can now be ascertained. (Williams 1855)


Williams location is not as specific as the identification in the CPAT record suggests and this may actually be a reference to Crugyn Tump at SO168812 or to either of two round barrows near this location; Cefnbedw at SO 162821 and Gorther at SO163821. However he seems to be suggesting his 'Silurian fortification' was a hill top site (i.e. a hill fort) for which no nearby example can be identified.
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