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Holt Castle

A Grade II* Listed Building in Holt, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0779 / 53°4'40"N

Longitude: -2.8802 / 2°52'48"W

OS Eastings: 341130

OS Northings: 353770

OS Grid: SJ411537

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.B2VZ

Mapcode Global: WH88T.QWNS

Entry Name: Holt Castle

Listing Date: 7 June 1963

Last Amended: 17 July 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1595

Building Class: Defence

Location: Situated at the end of a path to the S side of Deeside. The castle remains are situated on a sandstone boss around which a quarry was later dug out.

County: Wrexham

Community: Holt

Community: Holt

Built-Up Area: Holt

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

The remains of the present structure date back to the second Edwardian campaign of 1282-3, however it is probable that the site had been of strategic importance for many centuries before. Bronze Age remains have been found on the site. The Edwardian lordship castle was built by the Earl of Surrey, John de Warenne. When John Noren visited the site in 1620 he described it as 'nowe in great decay'. It is however clear from his drawings that it was a single ward castle, planned as a regular pentagon, with buildings ranged against each curtain wall and a tower at each angle. Four towers were round, with watch turrets and battered plinths while at opposing ends there were square towers, one of which was a gatehouse barbican. The castle changed hands at least twice during the Civil War. The castle was demolished between 1675 and 1683 to provide building material for Sir Thomas Grosvenor's Eaton Hall.

Exterior

The remains stand upon an artificially-shaped boss of red sandstone upon and around which the castle was originally constructed. Sandstone blockwork survives, the S side being the best preserved with a doorway and steps leading into the interior.

Reasons for Listing

Grade II* for the special interest of its origins as a medieval castle.

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