Clogh Castle


Map reference J409403 (3409, 3403)

This is an excellent example of an Anglo-Norman motte and bailey. A small kidney-shaped bailey lies south of a large mound, originally separated from it by a 2m deep ditch.



Excavations have shown that the summit of the motte was surrounded by a timber palisade within which were pits for archers. In the middle of the 13th century a large hall, probably of timber, was built near the east edge of the motte. This was replaced later in the century by a stone tower close to the west edge. Part of this tower remains.



The site was deserted in the early 14th century until the late 15th or early 16th century when the ruined keep was rebuilt as a tower-house.











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