Dolwyddelan I

Lying virtually in the shadow of the current Dolwyddelan castle lies a motte and bailey structure, 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 (d.1098) 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 keep
, possibly 30' square.  There seems to have been a bailey along the ridge leading towards the later castle, although there are few recognisable defensible features other than the landscape.  The dimensions of the keep would make it similar to others under 40'.  These exist in Wales at Carndochan (35' square), Dinas Emrys (36'x27'), Usk (35' square) and White castle (35' square): and in England at Bridgnorth (39'x35'), Clitheroe (35' square), Clun (30' square), Farnham (37' square), Goodrich (29' square), Hyssington (27' square), Moreton Corbet (38'x33'), Peak (40' square) and Wattlesborough (30' square).

Why not join me at other Lost Welsh Castles next Spring?  Please see the information on tours at Scholarly Sojourns.

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