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Doddington Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Delves Hall; Dodynton; Dodyngton

In the civil parish of Doddington .
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Cheshire.
1974 county of Cheshire.
Medieval County of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ70874702
Latitude 53.01970° Longitude -2.43562°

Doddington Tower has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Fortified structure which is the only surviving building on the site of a moated manor probably built between 1365-1403. The tower is constructed of coursed sandstone with a slate roof, and is three storeys in height with a wall-walk above. The tower was free standing and probably intended as a place of refuge for the family. In early C17 the tower was incorporated into a range of domestic buildings of which nothing now survives. C17 house was demolished and replaced by a house built from 1777 by Samuel Wyatt. The tower was retained as a landscape feature and presumably was used as a gazebo or banqueting pavilion. (PastScape)

The owner of the manor, Sir John Delves obtained licence to crenellate 1365 and the surviving 3 storey pele tower is believed to have been the result of this. It is the only surviving structure on the site of a medieval moated manor house. In the 17th century the tower used to form one end of a Jacobean mansion. This building was demolished when the present mansion was built. The tower remained as a garden feature and at this time a 17th century staircase and 6 statues of The Black Prince, Audley and four Cheshire Knights was added. (Cheshire HER)

A Chester Palatinate licence to crenellate was granted in 1364 July 9 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Chester Palatinate licence to crenellate was granted in 1403 Feb 23.


Sir John Delves obtained a licence to crenellate in 1364, his grandson and some other men obtained a licence for a tower in 1403.
The tower is now free standing, but the Cheshire HER states it used to form one end of the Jacobean Mansion which could, conceivable, have been a replacement for a medieval hall. This would have made this a fortified solar or chamber tower attached to an unfortified hall, a form common in C14 northern England but rare elsewhere.
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