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Heighley Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Madeley, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0171 / 53°1'1"N

Longitude: -2.3407 / 2°20'26"W

OS Eastings: 377243

OS Northings: 346696

OS Grid: SJ772466

Mapcode National: GBR 02L.WK5

Mapcode Global: WH9BM.0FPD

Entry Name: Heighley Castle

Listing Date: 17 November 1966

Last Amended: 14 May 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1353703

English Heritage Legacy ID: 362661

Location: Madeley, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, CW3

County: Staffordshire

District: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Civil Parish: Madeley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Audley St James the Great

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SJ 74 NE
2/52
17/11/66


MADELEY C.P.
HEIGHLEY LANE
Heighley Castle
(formerly listed as Heighley Castle Ruins)


II


Castle, remains of. Medieval, probably mainly early C13. Only fragments of walling survive, dressed sandstone and uncoursed rubble with facing removed; traces of curtain wall all round site but best preserved on lower south end of motte platform, where there is a section of retaining wall (dressed stone) approximately 8m high by 15m long and a small fragment, perhaps the remains of a tower. Another substantial piece of walling, about 6m high and 5m long, to north-west. The main entrance seems to have been on the west, where there is a well-preserved, partly stone crevetted causeway
across the deep rock-cut ditch. What appears to be unauthorised excavation
(Summer 1984) by the curtain wall on the south-east has revealed a dressed stone wall(probably part of an entrance) with the corbelled springing of a vault. Well is marked on the Ordnance Survey map, but no trace of it now survives. Impressive earthworks; steep-sided ovalshaped motte surrounded on all sides (except south-east, where defences rely on natural slope) by deep rock-cut ditch with outer bank. The castle was begun by Henry de Audley in 1233. Spectacularly situated and commanding extensive views over surrounding countryside, the ruins are overgrown at the time of re-survey (1984). Scheduled Ancient Monument. V.C.H., I (1908),p. 352.


Listing NGR: SJ7724346696

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