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Athlumney Motte-and-Bailey
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 38' 57.54"   W 006° 40' 35.52"

Nearest town

Navan

Grid Ref.

N 87497 67430

Map No.

42

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

50

Date of visit

Friday 24 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The motte seen from the graveyard.


Southeast from the centre of Navan there's the manorial village of Athlumney. This manor was originally part of a barony granted from Hugh de Lacy to his ally Adam de Feipo.
This neighbourhood of the town include some interesting sites like a motte, an abbey and a castle.

The small motte stands about 105 metres south of the church, next to the River Boyne. It is about 4 metres high and has a diameter at the base of about 30 metres.
The top has been quarried and this gives the motte the aspect of a dormant little volcano. There are slight traces of a ditch, clearly more visible on the northwest side, along with an earthbank.

The motte was built in 1172 by Amauri de Feipo on a land granted to him by his relative Adam de Feipo.
The position of this motte was important to control the traffic on the River Boyne.


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