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Clonard Motte-and-Bailey
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 27' 05.34"   W 007° 00' 34.8"

Nearest town

Clonard

Grid Ref.

N 65780 45058

Map No.

55

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

79

Date of visit

Sunday 4 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The motte seen from the southeast. I took the coordinates for this page at this point.


The motte in Clonard was built in 1177 by Hugh de Lacey when the area was occupied by the Normans. It has a diameter at the base of about 48 metres and 14 metres at the top, and it's 9.5 metres high. It had a timber fortification on its top and a bailey to the south.
Its distinctive feature is the lime tree planted on the top in the 19th century.
The motte is on a private ground and access is strictly forbidden, so I took the photos from the road.


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