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Castell Madoc Ringwork

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Madog; Llanfihangel Fechan 2; Madoc North

In the community of Honddu Isaf.
In the historic county of Brecknockshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO02533703
Latitude 52.02382° Longitude -3.42097°

Castell Madoc Ringwork has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The Powell family constructed a sub-circular ringwork, defined by a bank and ditch, 30m overall diameter and 2.0m high, enclosing an area c.14m in diameter in c1095-1120. The rampart may have been slighted towards the approach on the south when they later built a motte and bailey castle on the lower ground to the SW. (Salter)

One of two castle sites found in the grounds of Castell Madoc House (NPRN 86032). The other is the motte next to the house (NPRN 305741), about 120m to the south-west. A roughly circular ringwork bank, 30m across and 2.0m high, with a south-east facing entrance gap, showing traces of a ditch. Excavation in 1968 produced medieval material (Medieval Archaeology 12 (1968), 181). Immediately north-west of the ringwork is large pond bay set across the course of the Nant Fawr. The dam is about 40m long and the pond itself would have extended at least 80m upstream. This feature could be associated with the later house grounds. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a well preserved castle-ringwork, which dates to the medieval period (c. AD 1066 - 1485). It is an almost circular earthwork measuring 30m in diameter with a single bank standing to a height of 2m. The interior is dished and up to 0.5m above the surrounding ground level, and the ringwork is surrounded by a partly destroyed shallow ditch. There is an entrance on the SE side. (Scheduling Report)
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