Beeston Castle

Cheshire, England

City/Town/Village: Cheshire West and Chester
District: Cheshire West and Chester
County: Cheshire
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1288, -2.69341
Postcode: CW6 9YF
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the castle)


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Beeston Castle was originally occupied by a Bronze Age settlement and Iron Age hillfort. In 1225, Ranulf de Blundeville, the Earl of Chester, founded an impressive 13th century stone enclosure and bailey fortress, standing majestically on a sheer rocky outcrop. The huge outer bailey is still partly encased by a curtain wall, with open-backed D-shaped flanking towers and defended by a wide ditch, is a square garderobe tower, with the fragments of a massive three storey twin-towered gatehouse. The small inner bailey stands at the top of the crag and its well is one of the deepest in the country. Protected by a wide, deep rock-cut ditch, the inner bailey curtain wall, is flanked by two-storey D-shaped towers and an Edwardian two storey twin-towered gatehouse.

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