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Kinderton Hall

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ70806702
Latitude 53.19939° Longitude -2.43929°

Kinderton Hall has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval moat surviving as earthwork and site of Old Kinderton Hall demolished in C18. Alleged site of castle at Domesday. The moated island is slightly trapezoidal from 40 to 50m east to west by 50m north to south. Fishponds are visible. Formal garden earthworks are present. Rejected by King as garden mound and moat.

'The antient hall of Kinderton stood near the banks of the Dane, at the distance of two fields breadth from the site of the Roman works of (the supposed) Condate, which probably suggested a position for the Norman head of this barony. A part only of the moat is remaining, but it formerly inclosed a parallelogram of several acres, in the south-west angle of which is a large circular mound, which was most probably raised to support the keep tower.' (Ormerod)

The earthworks mentioned by Ormerod and Mackenzie are not the remains of a castle, but comprise a medieval moat (SJ 76 NW 6) and a prospect mound within a post medieval formal garden (SJ 76 NW 23). Contrary to Mackenzie, Domesday does not mention a castle at Kinderton. The confusion seems to have been caused by Kinderton's status as the head of a barony with the consequent expectation that there should be a baronial castle here. Although such a castle may once have existed, there is no surface trace of it in the vicinity of Kinderton Hall. (PastScape–Field Investigators Comments–Paul Everson/10-SEP-1986/RCHME)

This may well have been the site of a DMV and the development of Kinderton Hall, its gardens and the expansion of Middlewich make reading the medieval landscape impossible. There were significant river crossings here and the expectation of this being a castle site is not unreasonable, but without significant evidence the site must be questionable.
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