Medieval castle. Oval motte measuring 56 m across and standing 5 m high is defended by a ditch between the motte and the bailey on the north and east and traces of a ditch north east and north west of the bailey. An octagonal shell keep stood on the motte with 7-8 towers. Had a kidney shaped bailey and a rectangular shaped ward. Had a barbican.
* During the Dark Ages the site is believed to have been held by King Merewald of Mercia.
7 C Mercian King Merewald is believed to be buried on the site.
1130’s The de Braose’s built the castle.
1135 Henry I gave the manor to Philip de Braose of Radnor.
12-14 C Dating from: Pottery found on site.
1216 2nd-3rd August: King John stayed when disputing with the de Braose family.
1230 25th April: William Marshall was granted the lands by Henry III.
1540-1546 Itinerary of John Leland: Ruins.
17 C c; Remains stood until.
1972 Field Investigation.
20 C Masonry remains of the octagonal keep can be seen.