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Discoed Mound

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO27686480
Latitude 52.27671° Longitude -3.06128°

Discoed Mound has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A much disturbed mound, c.25m in diameter, interpreted variously as a motte, a sepulchral mound and as a garden feature. (Coflein)

Noted as possible motte, much defaced, 15ft high on eastern side by RCAHM (1913) who believed that the by-road past Lower House was constructed upon the moat (RCAHM, 1913). Suggested as barrow rather than Norman castle (Hogg, A H A & King, D J C, 1963). Mound situated on spur between two valleys commanding good views of area. Appears to be constructed by tipping material out from the spur until the mound reached a similar height. Does not appear to be a castle or a barrow. Old vicarage garden appears to have continued into this area, so possibly a gazebo site for the vicarage (OS visit, 1974). Not noted in 19th century by Williams,S W 1898. Appears to be no more than a landscaped spur from some directions, and the barrow/motte hypothesis is unconvincing (Silvester, R J, 1994b, 44). The section of the site, covered by the house and garden of Pool Cottage, has been de-scheduled (Cadw, 1994). Motte is oval in shape with a maximum summit diameter from SW to NE of 20m. There is no trace of a bailey but if one did exist, it probably would have been sited to the SW of the mound (Cadw, 1998). Suggested that the mound may represent an aborted attempt at a castle base (Remfry, P, 1996). The position and contours of the site do not suggest a barrow. Possibly a castle mound, but very small, or a gazebo mound. Mound measures 20 NNE-SSW x 16m E-W x 2m high on W side (CPAT, 20/4/00). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The monument comprises the remains of a possible motte, 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. This site stands on a spur between two valleys, commanding good views of the area. It appears to have been constructed by tipping material out from a natural spur, and is unusually small, being only c.20m north-north-east to south-south-west by c.16m; it reaches a height of c.2m on the west. There is no sign of any ditch. It may never have been completed. (Scheduling Report)

Hogg and King actually accepted as an early castle in 1963 (presumably based on RCAHMW inventory). The rejected it as "apparently a cairn or barrow" in 1970. The location is not unlikely as a castle site although the remains are not suggestive.
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