SH6179 : The motte of Fat Hugh's Aberlleiniog Castle

taken 12 years ago, near to Llangoed, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

The motte of Fat Hugh's Aberlleiniog Castle
The motte of Fat Hugh's Aberlleiniog Castle
In 1088 Hugh D’Avranches, the Norman Earl of Chester, during his incursion into Wales had a motte and bailey castle built at Aberlleiniog and another in Upper Bangor with the aim of defending the eastern approaches to the Menai Straits. In 1094 the Normans were pushed out of the area only to return again in the summer of 1098 and reoccupying their defensive sites. The arrival of the fleet of Gruffydd ap Cynan's Norwegian allies under the command of King Magnus III of Norway, (Magnus Barefoot), which proceeded to attack the Norman positions at the eastern end of the Menai Straits led to the withdrawal of the Normans from North West Wales.
In later life Hugh, once known as Hugh Lupus (i.e. Hugh the Wolf), became known (behind his back)- on account of his enormous girth - as Hugh the Fat.

SH5872 : Dog walking across the bailey of Hugh D'Avranches' castle
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Saturday, 17 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 18 October, 2009
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Motte   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 616 793 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:17.5523N 4:4.6539W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 616 793
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