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Primary Reference Number (PRN)
: Clwyd Powys
Site Type (preferred type first)
: Medieval Motte and bailey / Medieval Masonry castle
: scheduled monument
Probable castle site comprising low motte astride line of quadrangular bailey (Hogg, A H A & King, D J C, 1963).
Possible masonry foundations gone before 1858 (Williams, J, 1858).
Site no longer visible(OS, 1972).
The moat mentioned by RCAHM 1913 is a quarry.
Castle recorded in "The Chronicles of the Princes" in 1177-8; destroyed by Llywelyn the Great 1231 and apparently not rebuilt (Silvester, R J 1994b, 146).
Built in 1177 by Lord Rhys. Presumably built to mark the northern boundary of his domain (Gregory, D, 1994).
Only visible remnant of the original castle is the rock-cut ditch on the northern side of the scheduled area (Cadw, 2000).
Burnham, H , 1995 , A Guide to Ancient and Historic Wales: Clwyd and Powys
Cadw , 1986 , Scheduling map - Rd132(POW)
Cadw , 1999 , Cadw Field Monument Wardens Report - Rd132(POW)
Cadw , 2000 , Cadw Field Monument Wardens Report - Rd132(POW)
Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust , 1994 , CPAT Project Archive
Davies, S , 1998 , title unknown - Rhayader Castle
Fox, A , 1944 , Stone and bronze implements and iron linchpin from south-east Wales , Archaeologia Cambrensis : 98 : 141
Gregory, D , 1994 , Radnorshire: A Historical Guide
Halfpenney, I , 2007 , Rhayader Castle, Rhayader (RD132): Damage Assessment Report (
Halfpenney, I , 2008 , Rhayader Castle, Rhayader (RD132): Archaeological Watching Brief (
Hogg, A H A & King, D J C , 1963 , Early Castles in Wales and the Marches , Archaeologia Cambrensis : 112 : 77-124
Martin, Chris , 1985 , Rhayader Castle/Tomen Llansantffraid
Ordnance Survey , 1964 , OS map
Ordnance Survey , 1972 , OS record card SN96NE 5
Ordnance Survey , 1976 , OS record card SN96NE 5
Remfry, P , 1996 , Castles of Radnorshire
Remfry, P , 1998 , Discovering the lost kingdom of Radnor , British Archaeology : 34 : 10-11
Renn, D F , 1968 , Norman Castles in Britain
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales , 1913 , Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouth III - County of Radnor
Silvester, R J , 1994 , Radnorshire Historic Settlements (
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1974 , Schedule of Ancient Monuments in Wales
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1980 , Scheduling map - Rd132(POW)
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1981 , Schedule of Ancient Monuments in Wales
Williams, J , 1858 , History of Radnorshire , Archaeologia Cambrensis : 4 : 469-616
112329 : Rhayader, Castle Road, watching brief 2008 (year : 2008)
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November 21, 2018, 11:54 am - File produced for Archwilio from CPAT's Regional HER.
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Curatorial Section, 41 Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7RR.
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