Hay Castle

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Hay Castle: Hay-on-Wye has two Norman castles within a short distance of each other. Hay was fortified by William Fitz Osbern during his penetration of south-east Wales in the summer of 1070 when he defeated three Welsh kings. Lying close to St.Marys Church on the western edge of Hay-on-Wye is a small but well-preserved motte. The site overlooks a gorge and small stream leading to the River Wye, which was undoubtedly one reason for the construction of a motte and bailey castle here. The main fortress within Hay-on-Wye was situated on the great site commanding the town and river under the current ruins of the castle and mansion. The keep is roughly thirty feet square and was once of four storeys. The corners of the tower have been much rebuilt, probably due to insecure foundations. The entire south east corner of the tower has been replaced and it is possible that when first constructed there was a spiral stair here to allow access to the upper floors.

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