Monument details

HER Number:104/1/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Halton Castle: ruined shell keep castle on site of motte & bailey


Consolidation works carried out at Halton Castle between 1994 and 1997 allowed observation of test pits and contractors trenches behind the collapsing and slumping 19th century east curtain wall of the Lower Bailey. Various sections of medieval walling were recorded as well as possible the foundations of a half-round tower marked on the Randle-Holme sketch of 1645. These walls suggest that the outer bailey had a series of structures of different dates arranged within the curtain wall. It is possible that some stretches of the present 19th century wall incorporate the walling of these structures and the 19th century wall may have replaced an earlier curtain wall which may have collapsed down the steep slope surrounding the castle. The Castle ruins are Grade I listed and the site is a Scheduled Monument .


Monument Types

  • CASTLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CURTAIN WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • TOWN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1015606: Halton Castle: A Ruined Shell Keep Castle On The Site Of An Earlier Motte And Bailey; Listed Building (old) (I) 5/28: Title not entered

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