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Nantwich Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castrum Wici Malbani

In the civil parish of Nantwich.
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Cheshire.
1974 county of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ65065229
Latitude 53.06515° Longitude -2.52155°

Nantwich Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


Car park is site of a castle which documentary sources say was in ruins by 1485.

During pipe laying two ditches of about C13 date were uncovered in 1978 and possibly the remains of a drawbridge. Roman pottery was also found. These defensive earthworks would appear to confirm this as the site of Nantwich castle. A further excavation in 1994-95 uncovered other features relating to the medieval castle. (PastScape)

Motte and Bailey Castle built by Hugh Lupus who then left it to 1 of his daughters. It is mentioned in documents from C13, C14 and C15. The site of the castle is preserved in the name of Castle Street and the curve in the north end of High St may echo edge of the site of the bailey. Excavations has found a number of ditches that may be part of the castle's defences. (Cheshire HER)
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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • English Heritage (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s) 72713.
  • County Historic Environment Record (or Sites and Monuments Record) number(s) 179/2.
  • Websites (Gatehouse is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
  • Books
    • Grimsditch, Brian, Nevell, Michael and Nevell, Richard, 2012, Buckton Castle and the Castles of the North West England (University of Salford Archaeological Monograph 2) p. 110
      Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Lancashire and Cheshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 20
      Cullen, P.W. and Hordern, R., 1986, Castles of Cheshire (Crossbow Books) p. 12
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 69
      Ridgway, Maurice Hill, 1958, 'Medieval Castles' in Sylvester, D. and Nulty, G. (eds), The Historical Atlas of Cheshire (Cheshire Community Council) p. 24-5
      Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
      Hall, J., 1883, A History of the Town and Parish of Nantwich p. 22
      Ormerod, G., 1882 (2edn), History of the County Palatine and city of Chester (London) Vol. 3 p. 421-2
      Ormerod, G., 1819, History of the County Palatine and city of Chester (London) Vol. 3 p. 217- (tenurial history) online copy
      Platt, J.W., 1818, The History of Nantwich p. 73
  • Periodical Articles
    • 1986, Nantwich Museum News
      1981, Cambrian Archaeological Association, Programme for 1981 Summer Meeting p. 24
      McNeil-Sale, R., 1980-81, 'Nantwich: three years of excavations and observations' Cheshire Archaeological Bulletin Vol. 7 p. 30
      Williams, S.R., 1975, Cheshire Archaeological Bulletin Vol. 3 p. 52
      Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 201 online copy
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