Beeston Castle

Located in Beeston, Cheshire, England – Beeston Castle was built onto a stone plateau some 350 feet high. Construction began around 1220 by Earl of Chester, Ranulf de Bloneville. An ex-Crusader, he was well aware of the proper construction of fortifications. Evidence of ancient Bronze Age settlements were found surrounding Beeston (showing it's importance as a defensive area – overlooking the adjacent plain). Possibly starting out as a Motte and Bailey system of defensive structure, Beeston did not have a centralized Keep constructed. Concentration applied to concentric stone perimeter defense wall (built concentrically) was designed (keeping the high plateau in mind as an addition to it's building defences).

 

Long sloping ditches (or Dry Moats) were also incorporated into it's design (ranging from 6 to 30 feet deep in some places). Beeston has one of the deepest man-made natural wells in England (which served the Castles garrison). Beeston was never designed to be a permanent residence structure. It was strictly a military usage fortification. No long term sleeping quarters or other structures were built. Beeston is also know for it's large and well built Gatehouse entrance (accessed by sloping walk).

 

It stayed in good repair until the 16th Century. Under Loyalist control during The English Civil War, she fell to The Parliamentarian forces. She was slighted (ruined) to prevent further use as a military structure (1646). By the 18th Century, musch of Beeston Castle was quarried by locals (for stone). What can be visited today is all that is left. It has been partially restored. Beeston Castle carried the “Urban Legend” of hidden treasure somewhere on it's grounds. It was said that King Richard I hid much of his Crusader treasure (although much conjecture about this prevails).



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