ME00557 - CASTLETOWN - Castle - motte and bailey

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Situated on a low NNW-SSE ridge. This is a flat-topped, subcircular earthen mound (dims of top 28.5m NNW-SSE; 23.6m ENE-WSW; diam. of base 51m NNW-SSE; H 7m) defined by wide fosse (Wth of top c. 10m) with an external bank that is most massive (Wth 11m; int. H 3.4m; ext. H 2.5m) SE-S (max. ext. dims 81m NNW-SSE). There is a gap in the outer bank at ENE and there are slight traces of a bank at the summit of the mound. The mound is grass-covered with some scrub and it has some mature deciduous trees. The outer bank extends into a crescent-shaped berm (Wth 9m) defined by a scarp (H 2m) with a field bank and outer ditch beyond W-N, which could have served as a bailey. A grass-covered bailey (dims c. 50m E-W; c. 40m N-S) extends S from the motte, bounded by a scarp at NW, and traces of a fosse at S that merges into the hillslope at E. This bailey is cut by a defunct N-S railway at W The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 21 July 2016

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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