This video explores Tump Terret, a Medieval Hill Fort situated in Trellech
This video covers a brief history of this Medieval Hill Fort in Trellech, Monmouthshire.
If you find yourself in Trellech you might like to stop by this hillock called Tump Terret.
It’s the site of a small Motte-and-Bailey castle which dates back to norman times.
The Motte is the hill, which would have had a fortified tower called a keep, and the bailey, which no longer exists here, was a fortified enclosure next to the motte.
Traces of the surrounding ditch remain.
The castle was still in existence in 1263 and we know this because of manorial documents.
At some point the castle was removed probably reusing the stone in local buildings.
Later the Rumsey family, who owned the land at the time, built a summerhouse on the top. This is also now disappeared.
We do love a local myth, and in this case it suggests that the tump was a burial mound for those who fell in battle between the forces of Harold Godwinson and the imposing Welsh.
I guess we’ll never know unless somebody decides to dig into it.
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