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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).

Sources :
Anon , nd , title unknown - Castell Blaenllynfi Castle
Cadw , 1988 , Cadw Field Monument Wardens Report - Br009(POW)
Cadw , 1993 , Cadw Field Monument Wardens Report - Br009(POW)
Cadw , 2002 , Cadw Field Monument Wardens Report - Br009(POW)
Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust , 1980 , Site visit record - PRN651
Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust , 1993 , Site visit record - PRN651
Jones, T , 1805 , History of the county of Brecknock 1
King, D J C , 1961 , The castles of Breconshire , Brycheiniog : 7 : 1-90
Nenk, B S, Margeson, S & Hurley, M , 1991 , Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1990 , Medieval Archaeology : 35 : 126-238
Ordnance Survey , 1964 , OS map
Ordnance Survey , 1973 , OS record card SO12SW 6
Salter, M , 1991 , The Castle of Mid Wales
Silvester, R J , 1990 , Castell Blaen Llynfi, Cathedine , Archaeology in Wales : 30 : 63
Silvester, R J & Dorling, P J , 1993 , Historic settlements in the Brecon Beacons National Park ( © CPAT)
Stephenson, David , 2013 , Conquerors, Courtiers and Careerists: The struggle for supremacy in Brycheiniog 1093-1282 , Brycheiniog : 44 : 27-51
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1974 , Schedule of Ancient Monuments in Wales
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1980 , Scheduling map - Br009(POW) ( © CPAT)
Welsh Office Ancient Monuments Branch , 1981 , Schedule of Ancient Monuments in Wales

Events :
49134 : Castell Blaenllynfi Castle, excavation 1968ff (year : 1968ff)
59138 : Castell Blaenllynfi Castle, building survey 1990 (year : 1990)
33076 : Castell Blaenllynfi, conservation project 1990-2006 (year : )
59137 : Castell Blaenllynfi Castle, structural conservation 1993-5 (year : 1993-5)
119702 : Castell Blaenllynfi Castle, structural conservation 1996 (year : 1996)
119703 : Castell Blaenllynfi Castle, structural conservation 1997 (year : 1997)
59136 : Castell Blaenllynfi, desktop study 1990 (year : 1990)

Related PRNs : 119046

Compiled date : 31-12-1981


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May 20, 2019, 3:36 pm - File produced for Archwilio from CPAT's Regional HER.
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