Tynewydd Mound, Leeswood

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTynewydd Mound, Leeswood
Alternative Names
Historic CountryFlintshire
Modern AuthorityFlintshire
1974 AuthorityClwyd

Mound has appearance of a tumulus but tenants maintain it is natural. Erosion by river reveals gravel composition which may suggest it is natural (Davies 1949, 246-7). Pronounced circular mound 16m diam and 2m high. On high ground on lip of a deep stream cutting into S side of mound revealing packed gravel and glacial pebbles (OS 1959). Apparently artificial mound with flat top in strong defensive position. shape and position typical of a small motte (OS 1975). Not possible to determine whether this site is a motte or a barrow. Its position is defensive and it has a flat top. On balance, probably a motte, but no trace of a bailey. Eroded on its very steep SE side. Base of slope on NW side extends into field beyond the fenceline. Situated on NE end of a ridge, overlooking a stream on S/SE side. Dimensions: SW-NE 20m, NW-SW 17m, height 2.5m (CPAT 1999). Considered a possible motte by Spurgeon who describes it as being located at Maes William, Mold Rural (Manley, J, Grenter, S & Gale, F, 1991, pp171). (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

A pronounced circular mound, 16m in diameter and 2.0m high. The lower part of the mound, exposed through stream erosion, appears natural, however the upper part may represent the adoption of a natural feature to form a barrow or motte. (source Os495card; SJ26SW3). (Coflein)

Gatehouse Comments

Isolated from any settlement. However may represent farmstead site, much of which may have been eroded away. The farmstead 300m NE is called Ty-newydd (New House); does this mound represent the last remnants of the old 'house'?

- Philip Davis

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The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ245612
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  • Manley, J., Grenter, S. and Gale, F., 1991, The Archaeology of Clwyd p. 171
  • Davies, E., 1949, Prehistoric and Roman Remains of Flint (Cardiff)


  • Cropper, T., 1922, 'Flintshire Tumuli Part 7' Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 77 p. 419