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motte-and-bailey

A mound or motte surmounted by a wooden (later stone) tower (bailey) and enclosed by a ditch and palisade. The earliest example of this primitive castle form is on the River Loire (France) and is dated 1010.
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Steeped in history, the dairy, beef and arable farm is on the site of a Norman castle, with the raised mound of the original motte-and-bailey castle still visible, while a public footpath links the farm to Porthmynawyd, a small cove west of Newgale Sands.
Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe |CLITHEROE Castle in Clitheroe is a motte-and-bailey castle which was first built sometime in the 11th or 12th century.
Castell Cynfael is a motte-and-bailey castle built in 1137 by Owain Gwynedd's brother Cadwaladr.
Nowhere is this more obvious that at Castle Bromwich Hall, near-neighbour and strategic successor to the motte-and-bailey castle that gave the area its name.
"It dates back to 1202 as a listed motte-and-bailey castle site built to guard the crossing of the river Dee."