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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: WALLS, TOWERS AND GATEHOUSE OF THE INNER BAILEY AT BEESTON CASTLE

List entry Number: 1330329

Location

WALLS, TOWERS AND GATEHOUSE OF THE INNER BAILEY AT BEESTON CASTLE, CASTLE ROAD

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire West and ChesterUnitary AuthorityBeeston

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 01-Mar-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Apr-1986

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 55798

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History

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Details

SJ 55 NW BEESTON C.P. (Off) CASTLE ROAD

5/8 Walls, towers and gatehouse of the Inner 1.3.67 Bailey at Beeston Castle. (Formerly listed as Beeston Castle) GV I Walls, gatehouse and towers of inner bailey. c1220 altered late C13/early C14. Built by Ranulf de Blundeville, 7th Earl of Chester. Crudely coursed red sandstone. Roughly rectangular enclosure of which approximately half is now demolished. Entrance front: central gateway with D-shaped towers with lateral arrow slits and central pointed gate-arch with rebate. The left-hand turret has the voussoirs of a blocked pointed arch to the lower wall. To the left is curtain walling with the lower courses of a further D-shaped tower. To the right is a similar stretch of walling roughly repaired with rubble at its centre with a D-shaped tower slightly to the left of the right hand corner. The right hand (eastern) wall has a similar D-shaped tower to the centre of the wall.

On the death of Ranulf de Blundeville's nephew the castle passed to the Crown. In the late C13 and early C14 Edward I carried out modernising alterations including raising the height of the inner bailey walls and crenellating them. By the late C16 Leland described the castle as "shattered and ruinous". In 1643 it was partially repaired and occupied by parliamentary troops and taken by Royalist forces in the same year. It was partially demolished in 1646 to prevent its repeated use as a stronghold. Archaeological evidence of Bronze and Iron age settlements on the site has been found.

Listing NGR: SJ5370659267

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National Grid Reference: SJ 53700 59266

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