Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

HEIGHLEY CASTLE


HEIGHLEY CASTLE
Photo Andrew T. Finney

Little remains of Heighley Castle apart from the footings and a small section of curtain wall as all the stonework was removed from the site soon after demolition. It was built as a hilltop fortress by Henry de Audley between 1226 and 1233 on the edge of a steep sandstone escarpment overlooking the Checkley Brook. The escarpment protected its eastern and southern edges and the western and northern defences were strengthened by a large rock-cut ditch measuring 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep. Its eventual demolition was ordered by Parliament in 1644, to prevent it being used by Royalist forces.

Private.


Photo Andrew T. Finney

 

Directions
Off A531, 1 mile north of Madeley
Heighley Lane, Crewe, Staffs CW3 9DL

 



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