Monument details

HER Number:109
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Runcorn burh

Summary

Runcorn Burh was founded by Aethelfleda, lady of the Mercians in around 912 in response to presence of a Norse fleet in Irish Sea. A burh is the Saxon name for a fortified settlement. The exact site is not known but is was probably the Castle Rock. This was a promontory jutting out into the River Mersey, which was removed to improve naviagation and construct the railway viaduct. There are plans showing the area before the railway but the area has now been destroyed by bridge building and other industrial workings. Placename evidence suggests there may also have been a Norman castle here for a short period.


Parish:RUNCORN & WIDNES NON PARISH AREA, HALTON

Monument Types

  • BURH (AD 9TH CENTURY to AD 11TH CENTURY - 800 AD to 1099 AD?)
  • CASTLE (AD 9TH CENTURY to AD 11TH CENTURY - 800 AD to 1099 AD? (?))
  • DITCH (AD 9TH CENTURY to AD 11TH CENTURY - 800 AD to 1099 AD?)



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