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Malpas Castle Hill

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ486472
Latitude 53.01998° Longitude -2.76720°

Malpas Castle Hill has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The Castle of Malpas has long been destroyed, and only the circular mound, 40 yds in diam., remains. The Castle ditch has been traced for some distance (Mackenzie 1897). The church,formerly a private chapel to the castle, was once within the castle precincts (Kenyon 1888-90).
This is a motte, it has an average height of 3.7m. and is grass covered. There is no trace of a bailey or of a ditch. Published survey (25") checked and found correct (F1 TPW 20-OCT-64). (PastScape)

Castle Hill was the site of keep of Norman Castle of Barons of Malpas. Castle covered good deal of neighboring ground & church was within castle precinct. Nothing of the Norman Castle is now visible, except for a mound which is160ft in diam. Kenyon suggests church a private chapel to castle but in view of church's previous importance this seems unlikely. Castle ditch has been traced for some distance. Motte has average height of 3.7m & is grass covered. No trace of bailey or ditch. Large truncated earthwork cone situated in strategic position on a spur of the Broxton Hills. Motte lies N of St Oswald's church and graveyard extends to S & W sides of the site. Bailey was probably originally attached to the south side of Motte but the area is heavily disturbed and not included in scheduled area. (Cheshire HER)
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