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Mow Cop Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 53.1132 / 53°6'47"N

Longitude: -2.2144 / 2°12'51"W

OS Eastings: 385748

OS Northings: 357352

OS Grid: SJ857573

Mapcode National: GBR 12X.YST

Mapcode Global: WHBCD.Y0QP

Plus Code: 9C5V4Q7P+77

Entry Name: Mow Cop Castle

Listing Date: 6 June 1952

Last Amended: 26 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1162028

English Heritage Legacy ID: 56556

Location: Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST7

County: Staffordshire

District: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Civil Parish: Kidsgrove

Built-Up Area: Kidsgrove

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Odd Rode All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Tagged with: Castle Folly

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Mow Cop Castle
(formerly listed as Summer House on Mow Cop)



Ruinous folly built as a summer house. 1754. By Randle Wilbraham.
Coursed sandstone rubble. Round tower to north with ground floor and
ruinous upper floor and arch and broken walling to south. Cheshire
front: round tower at left with two porthole windows to the ground
floor. Row of corbels above this and one pointed arch at left. To
right of the tower is a pointed arch and at right again a further
piece of ruinous walling with a low porthole window and half of a
blocked pointed arch. The Staffordshire side has a porthole window at
right of the round tower and a pointed arched doorway at left, a row
of corbels dividing the floors and two pointed arches to the first
floor with a corbel table below the parapet. Pointed arch to left of
this and rectangular surround to the sunken porthole window in the
walling at left. The round tower was originally less ruinous and had
Y-tracery to the pointed windows and a conical roof, and served as a
summer-house for the Wilbrahams and a neighbouring family of
Staffordshire landowners. In the late C18 the first meetings of the
Primitive Methodists were held below the castle. The castle was built
on the county boundary.

Listing NGR: SJ 85748 57352

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