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Cae Thygle Enclosure, Berriew

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Caethugley; Cae Thugley

In the community of Berriew.
In the historic county of Montgomeryshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ15490201
Latitude 52.60978° Longitude -3.24909°

Cae Thygle Enclosure, Berriew has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


Promontory earthwork defined as hillfort by RCAHM & Nash-Williams 1933), alternatively as motte and bailey by OS (1972). Situated on natural spur of land overlooking Rhiw valley. Now surrounded by woodland and plantations. The narrowest point of the spur is defended by a bank and ditch (with possibly a small outer bank?). The motte rises c2m from the ditch and is nearly flat-topped. To the north side is a slight mound on the motte. To the east are two D-shaped terraces, one about 3m below the motte top and a second at about 1.5m below the upper terrace. On the lower terrace there is a slight mound in the north-east corner. On the north side of the slope there is a small (c2mby3m) terrace cut into the semi-natural slope (CPAT visit 12.05.94). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

The camp enjoys a pleasing prospect of the Rhiw valley, but it could never have been constructed for a defensive post, being commanded by higher positions all round. (RCAHMW)

A site that may well benefit from a considered reappraisal by a castle studies expert not constrained by misconceptions about defensive and open to ideas about castles as hunting lodges.
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