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Pont Estyll Ringwork, Dan y Cefn

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Llanspyddid; Llansbyddyd; Bolgoed

In the community of Glyn Tarell.
In the historic county of Brecknockshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO00872701
Latitude 51.93276° Longitude -3.44313°

Pont Estyll Ringwork, Dan y Cefn has been described as a probable Timber Castle, and also as a probable Siege Work.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Set on relatively level ground, close by the Afon Tarell; a subcircular enclosure, about 22m east-west by 16m, defined by a bank and ditch, showing a west-facing entrance. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the early part of the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). The earthwork lies in a field of semi-improved pasture immediately north of the Afon Tarell and immediately south of the A470. The ringwork survives as a sub-rectangular enclosure surrounded by a gently sloping bank with a slight ditch on the external western side. The bank encloses an area measuring 26m east/west by 23m north/south. The bank on the northern side is 0.8m high on the external edge and 1m high on the internal edge, on the eastern and western sides the bank is 0.8m high on the external edge and 0.4m high on the internal edge. On the southern side there is no bank, the steep scarp on the northern side of the Afon Tarell forming the edge of the ringwork. (Scheduling Report)

Possible castle or siege work. Beside main road and by river crossing, opposite side of Afon Tarell from Cilwhybert Motte.
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This record last updated 05/07/2016 17:39:14