Aldford Castle

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Aldford Castle
Blobb Hill
Aldford, Cheshire
Aldford Castle.jpg
Earthworks of Aldford Castle
Aldford Castle is located in Cheshire
Aldford Castle
Aldford Castle
Coordinates53°07′49″N 2°52′11″W / 53.1304°N 2.8698°W / 53.1304; -2.8698Coordinates: 53°07′49″N 2°52′11″W / 53.1304°N 2.8698°W / 53.1304; -2.8698
Grid referencegrid reference SJ419596
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Built12th century
Built byRichard de Aldford

Aldford Castle is a motte and bailey castle in the village of Aldford in Cheshire. The motte is to the north of St John's Church, and the church stands on the site of an infilled bailey ditch.[1]

It was founded by Richard de Aldford in the 12th century. Some fragments of the stonework around the bailey and significant earthworks survive. It overlooked a ford across the River Dee.[2] The site is a Scheduled Monument.[3]

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  1. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 95, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6
  2. ^ Fry, Plantagenet Somerset (1980), The David & Charles Book of Castles, Newton Abbot: David & Charles, p. 176, ISBN 0-7153-7976-3
  3. ^ Historic England. "Aldford motte and bailey and shell keep castle (1007605)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2012.