Delves Hall

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Delves Hall
Delves Hall
Coordinates 53°01′11″N 2°26′08″W / 53.0197°N 2.4356°W / 53.0197; -2.4356Coordinates: 53°01′11″N 2°26′08″W / 53.0197°N 2.4356°W / 53.0197; -2.4356
OS grid reference SJ 708 470
Built 1364
Built for Sir John Delves
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 12 January 1967
Reference no. 1330165
Delves Hall is located in Cheshire
Delves Hall
Location in Cheshire

Delves Hall, also known as Doddington Castle, is a fortified structure in Doddington Park to the north of Doddington Hall in the civil parish of Doddington, Cheshire, England. It is designated by Historic England as a Grade I listed building.[1]


This fortified tower was built by Sir John Delves in 1364,[2] on the site of a former moated manor house. The tower was initially free-standing and was probably intended as a place of refuge for the family. In the 17th century it was incorporated into a range of domestic buildings which were known as Doddington Hall.[3] In the Civil War the hall became a garrison for the parliamentary forces. It was taken for the king by Lord Byron in January 1644 but retaken shortly after.[2] In 1727 the house and estate passed to the Broughton family.[4] The house was demolished around 1777 and replaced by the new Doddington Hall, leaving the tower as a landscape feature which was possibly used as a gazebo or a banqueting pavilion.[3] The external staircase to the former house was retained when the house was demolished and it was attached to the tower.[4]


The tower is built in red sandstone ashlar with a slate roof on a square plan in three storeys with corner turrets. The entrance front is approached by an external ashlar Jacobean imperial staircase. Its central lower flight leads to a half-landing on which is a crude Ionic column supporting a naked female figure. The undercroft to the lateral flights of stairs has rusticated pilasters on each side of which are large statues representing the Black Prince, Audley and his four squires, who are all dressed in armour. The parapet of the tower and the turrets are battlemented.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Delves Hall, Doddington (1330165)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Samuel (ed.) (1848), "Doddington", A Topographical Dictionary of England, British History Online, pp. 63–69, retrieved 30 March 2008 
  3. ^ a b "Pastscape: Delves Hall". Historic England. Retrieved 30 March 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 331, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6