Knucklas (Welsh: Cnwclas, “Green Hill”) and Heyop (or Heyope) are two small but inseparable villages in Powys, Wales. They lie off the B4355 road and are served by Knucklas railway station on the Heart of Wales Line. Both are approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from Knighton and lie in the upper valley of the River Teme.
- The Castle Mound is a protected ancient monument in the care of Cadw. It dates from 1240 but was possibly built on earlier foundations. It consisted of a keep – a square stone fortification with four round towers on top of a steep hill. There is some evidence that there may have been further outer walls. It was captured by a Welsh army in 1262 which destroyed the defences.Below the castle lies the battlefield of the Battle of Beguildy fought between the Welsh and the Mortimer family of Norman Marcher Lords in 1146. The castle was attacked and destroyed by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr in 1402 during his rebellion. Whilst there is a romantic story associating the castle location with the marriage of Guinevere and King Arthur. this probably developed from an earlier story which suggested that a marriage took place between Gwenhwyfar, the daughter of Ogrfan Gawr (also called ‘Gogrfan Gawr “the Giant” of Castell y Cnwclas’ (Knucklas Castle)) and Arthur the warrior – there being no reference to Arthur as a king in the early Welsh texts.
- The Viaduct. A spectacular 13-arch span completed in 1865 and recorded in an engraving from the Illustrated London News.
Three *Bronze Age torcs were found here and declared treasure in 1991. They are now housed in the National Museum, Cardiff. Further reading : Noble, F, 1955, ‘The Bronze Age gold torcs from Heyope’, Transactions of the Radnorshire Society 25, 34-8.
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Article from the BBC Website, 9th January 2009 Four villagers who bought a hill which, according to local legend, is where King Arthur married Guinevere want to turn it into a nature reserve. The four paid £86,000 for woodland at Castle Hill at Knucklas, near Knighton, Powys, and intend to … Continue reading →