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Carreghofa Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Carreghova; Carreghove; Karrecouain; Karakawein; Karrecove; Caroclove; Carrecoel; Carrecoen; Karrechove; Carrec Huwa; Tanat Camp

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ25462219
Latitude 52.79197° Longitude -3.10689°

Carreghofa Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a certain Masonry Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


L-shaped rampart and ditch define the NE and SE sides of a triangular enclosure, c.26m NW-SE by 14m, resting on a 15m steep natural scarp to the Tanat flood plain on the W, having steeply rising ground to the W. The NW end of the rampart appears to inturn, suggesting that the site has suffered erosion/landslippage. Identified with the documented site of Carreghofa castle, built 1101, refortified in stone 1194-5 (at a cost of £44), last mentioned 1213. (Coflein)


This was the site of a silver mining operation. The C12 Pipe Rolls do report large expenditure on supplies and staff at the castle but it is not entirely clear if all these servientum were military men, although some are clearly identified as such. Was the castle purely an administrative centre for silver mining, with some military security guards or did it also have a wider function as a military base built to respond to welsh insurgents? What is clear from the Pipe Rolls is that the term 'Castle' did include the centre of mining operations.
Castle site was transferred into Montgomeryshire from Denbighshire in 1844.
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This record last updated 06/07/2016 11:16:02