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Trentham Castle Field

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castellum de Trentham; Mount Field

In the civil parish of Swynnerton.
In the historic county of Staffordshire.
Modern Authority of Staffordshire.
1974 county of Staffordshire.
Medieval County of Staffordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ866411
Latitude 52.96768° Longitude -2.20023°

Trentham Castle Field has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


A Castellum de Trentham mentioned in 1168 could be Mount Field at given map reference or may possible referring to Newcastle under Lyme.

The Mount Field site is entirely typical for a castle in that is associated with a settlement, near to a church. Trentham Hall is said to have dated from the dissolution of the monasteries its grounds, landscape by Capability Brown in the C18, are probably based on monastic land. Although a Mercian nunnery of Trentham is said to have existed from the C7 the Augustinian Priory was founded in the 1150s on land granted by Ranulf de Gernon, Earl of Chester (in a possible death bed grant. Ranulf died in 1153). The large estate of Trentham was, in the C11/C12, contested between the earls of Chester and the king. Thus it is conceivable, as happened elsewhere, that an old castle site, supplanted by Newcastle (which came into Ranulf's hands in 1149), was utilised as the bases of a religious foundation in a manner which resolve a long standing dispute and fulfilled Ranulf's concerns for his soul.
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