Dolwyddelan I Castle
virtually in the shadow of the current Dolwyddelan castle lies a motte
and bailey sturcture, long thought to have been the predecssor of the
tower and bailey castle on the rocky crag - described here as
Dolwyddelan II. Dolwyddelan I must predate its successor and
therefore is probably a castle of Robert Rhuddlan which was destroyed
in 1094 when all the 'Norman' castles of North Wales were overwhelmed.
The heart of the fortress is a rocky crag on the summit of which are
traces of a rectangular or square tower. There seems to have
been a baily along the ridge leading towards the later castle, although
there are few recognisable defensible features other thant he
landscape. The dimensions of the keep would make it somewhat
similar to those found at Goodrich, White Castle, Dinas Emrys and Dolwyddelan II.
Paul Martin Remfry