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Visitors can still climb the tower and discover the underground passage from the kitchen to the tower. Complete medieval fortified manor house, now part of organic and rare breeds farm.Built around 1300 originally as an unfortified manor house, the two crenellated towers were added at either end of the hall in the early 16th century in order to strengthen its defences. Originally built as an undefended manor house, it was fortified on the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish Wars.These latter defences are thought to be the work of Thomas Lord Dacre (1467-1535). It was captured by the Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again occupied by Scots in 1346.
It was partly demolished in 1646, in accordance with Cromwell’s destruction order, to prevent its further use as a stronghold.The present castle has remained within the Berkeley family since they reconstructed it in the 12th century.It is believed to be the scene of the murder of King Edward II in 1327.Following its surrender, the king ordered the castle’s destruction.Today only part of the motte can be seen, forming part of an archaeological park. Standing on a rocky crag high above the Cheshire Plain, Beeston Castle was built in the 1220s by Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, on his return from the Crusades.