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Hyssington  Castle ; the bailey
20-SEP-2009 Ian Dalgliesh

Hyssington Castle ; the bailey

Hyssington, Powys, Wales. view map

Looking from the remains of a tower(?) to the motte,just right of centre,behind the dark green tree, on the right.
I had thought that this castle might have been Welsh,but www.castlewales.com,who know very little about it,quite unusual for them,aren't even sure of it's name.To me it fitted the bill as being perched on an inaccessible hill,very steep sides all round,wonderful view to Kerry ridgeway across the Severn Valley,but alas,outside the territorial claims of the Welsh Princes and the adjacent church is dedicated to a canonised Saxon Princess.
see http://www.castlewales.com/hysIt's important to visit other sites of the same period and compare circumstance.eg.Here.just behind the two trees in centre of shot,is an obvious motte.But,at Nevern(Nanhyfer in Welsh) what appeared to be a motte,turned out to be,after excavation,a collapsed tower,overgrown.Whilst at the photographer's end of the site,just off to the right,is what appears to be a collapsed tower.I'd never encountered this combination before,in a motte and bailey,but in 2010,I visited Nevern,to find just that,a tower built ontop of a motte and another at the other end of the site http://www.gatehouse-gazetteer.info/Welshsites/666.html

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