Monument details

HER Number:1732/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Beeston Castle Hillfort, Neolithic Activity


Beeston Castle has a long history as a defensive site. Its lofty position on rock outcrop gives it a commanding view across Cheshire, Wales, Merseyside and the Pennines. The earliest fortifications date to the Bronze age (CHER 1731/1/2), followed by the Iron Age hillfort (CHER 1732/1/3) . Excavations of the outer gateway from 1978 to 1981 revealed prehistoric rampart defences, but before this evidence of Neolithic activity includes levelled out terraces, occupational horizons, pits and post holes. It is unclear whether the site was used as a defensive position at this time.


Monument Types

  • ENTRANCE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • HOLLOW (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • PIT? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • POST HOLE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • TERRACED GROUND (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
Protected Status:Conservation Area 117: Beeston; Scheduled Monument 1007900: Beeston Castle; Medieval Enclosure Castle And Site Of Late Prehistoric Hillfort

Related records

1732/1/2Parent of: Beeston Castle Hillfort, Bronze Age Activity (Monument)
1732/1/3Parent of: Beeston Castle Hillfort, Iron Age Activity (Monument)

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