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Castell Blaenllynfi Castle
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 651 Trust : Clwyd Powys Community : Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine Unitary authority : Powys NGR : SO14502291 Site Type (preferred type first) : MEDIEVAL MASONRY CASTLE Status : scheduled monument
Description : MASONRY CASTLE COMPRISING A RECTANGULAR CURTAIN WALL (MUCH DAMAGED) SURMOUNTING DITCHED MOUND SOME 5.1M HIGH AND 80M NE-SW BY 55M. PART 'EXCAVATED' BY THE OWNER SINCE 1968. POSS FISH POND TO NW RETAINED BY DAM WHICH MAY BE INTEGRAL PART OF DEFENCES.
MEASURED SURVEY PREPARED FOR BBNP IN ADVANCE OF MANAGEMENT PLAN (SILVESTER, R.J., 1990b, 63; Nenk, B S, Margeson, S & Hurley, M 1991, 233).
Early 13th century construction of sandstone rubble, a close parallel to Usk Castle. Former appearance of masonry castle was probably of a rectangular curtain wall with at least 2 angles chamfered off to a polygonal form, with 5 towers and buildings set against the internal perimeter face. From studying the results of the excavations there were at least 2 phases of construction. No later use documented, although post-medieval pottery amongst the rubble of a large oven in what has been identified as the kitchen may indicate later use. Much subsequent stone robbing (Silvester, Courtney & Rees, 2004, pp93-6).
Subject of a multi-phase conservation project between 1990 and 2006 (see PRN33076) (Silvester, Courtney & Rees, 2004).