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Walls of the Outer Bailey at Beeston Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Beeston, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1275 / 53°7'39"N

Longitude: -2.6901 / 2°41'24"W

OS Eastings: 353921

OS Northings: 359149

OS Grid: SJ539591

Mapcode National: GBR 7L.6T8X

Mapcode Global: WH88Q.NN67

Entry Name: Walls of the Outer Bailey at Beeston Castle

Listing Date: 1 March 1967

Last Amended: 3 April 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130513

English Heritage Legacy ID: 55799

Location: Beeston, Cheshire West and Chester, CW6

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Beeston

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Bunbury St Boniface

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

SJ 55 NW,

Walls of the Outer Bailey at Beeston Castle

(formerly listed as: Beeston Castle)




Section of walling, gatehouse and towers of outer bailey wall. c.1220
altered late C13/early C14. Built for Ranulf de Blundeville, 7th Earl
of Chester. Roughly coursed red sandstone. There is a break in the
walling at the point of the former gatehouse. The southern walling
has six D-shaped and one rectangular tower. At the northern end of
the wall are remnants of the southern tower of the gatehouse.
Immediately to the left of this and adjacent is a later C15 or C16
square garderobe tower. To the left of this are 5 further D-shaped
towers divided by curtain walling. Each tower has one or two lateral
arrow slits covering the curtain walls. The northern walling has
three D-shaped towers. At the southern end of the wall are remnants
of the northern tower of the gatehouse. The lower courses of the
walls and towers are all that remain, the upper courses having been
demolished c.1646 or thereafter. 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. 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: SJ5393159215

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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