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Hay Tump

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hay-on-Wye Motte; Gelli; Tregelli; Swan Hotel; castello de haia; La Haie Taillee

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO22654219
Latitude 52.07267° Longitude -3.12985°

Hay Tump has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Hay Tump is a circular, flat-topped mound, 38m in diameter and 4.7m high, having a summit diameter of 21m, set immediately across Login Brooke from St Mary's church. The summit was disturbed for civil defence - WWII. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and surrounding ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The motte is small, measuring 21m in diameter across the summit and 4.5m high, with steep sides and traces of a ditch on the western side. The site is probably the precursor to Hay Castle (BR076) and may be the Castle of Hay mentioned in sources from the reign of Henry I (1100 to 1135). The motte is located on level ground to the NE of a small steep valley, above the confluence of the Cogin Brook and the river Wye. A WWII observation tower was built on the W side of the summit, the remains of which comprise a 3m wide and 1m deep depression with an adjacent square concrete pad with an embedded iron pole. (Scheduling Report)

Usually suggested as precursor to Hay Castle, but Remfry writes may have been a separate castle occupied simultaneously with Hay Castle; He writes "The manor of Melinog, a part of Hay fee mentioned 1115... remained independent of the main Hay castle throughout the medieval period and the same may be true of this motte." Possibly the site of the 'castello de haia' which is mentioned in 1121, although Remfry says this is Hay Castle. It was probably built by William Revel, one of Bernard de Newmarch's knights.
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