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Northwich Castle Hill

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ655737
Latitude 53.25914° Longitude -2.51935°

Northwich Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


The Castle Hill area of Northwich derives its name from the site of an ancient fortress commanding the junction of the Dane and the Weaver. The site of the fortress is a triangular field of about 3 acres, bounded on the other side by a small brook. Its present remains consist of 2 high mounds of unequal height and there are no remains of walls, or indications of other earthworks. Excavations have shown the mounds to be natural and earthworks shown on OS plans of the area are terraced gardens. (Cheshire HER)

Castle Northwich derives its name from the site of an ancient fortress the remains of which consist of two mounds. There are no walls or other earthworks (Ormerod). Recent excavations have proved the mounds to be natural (Watkin). The site indicated is on steeply sloping ground covered with grass and trees. It is a most unlikely situation for a castle. No trace was found of the mounds referred to. Earthworks shown on O.S. plans of the area are terraced gardens (Field Investigators Comments–F1 JHW 19-SEP-61). (PastScape)

Medieval sources given by Rickard as to owners and sub tenants in the C13 and C14 probably do not relate to this site but a manor house. Despite the comments in PastScape the site is not impossible as a castle site, it is close to the parish church and major river crossing and almost certainly an administrative centre. Quite how military and fortified even the early manor house was may be of question. It seems fairly clear that the earthworks were not those of a castle but a fortified manorial and administrative site near to this location is a distinct possibility. The castle place-names in the area are taken to refer to a Roman fort but this, of itself, is not evidence of absence of a Norman fortification.
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