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Beeston Crag

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


Gawd knows when history began here,but the museum states that there was first a neolithic prescence,then a bronze age hillfort later giving in to the iron age .The castle itself warrants a mention built by Ranulf 6th earl of Chester he married into the Plantagenets and on returning from the crusades built Beeston castle .
Beeston crag is all sandstone (as is everywhere within 50 miles )and the big single hill thats in the middle of a chain of hills known as the mid Cheshire ridge mentioned by Burl as a prehistoric route from Yorks to Shrops .
There are also two caves one big but closed due to cave-ins and another shallower one .
The castle walls follow the Iron age ramparts, and what seems to be a rock cut ditch (of unknown date ,to me anyway)leads to the entrance.
The views are amazing,and at least 6 counties can be seen,It even has a small standing stone(not sand stone) I wouldve asked about it but it was closing time and the kids were hungry
postman Posted by postman
16th September 2006ce
Edited 4th December 2006ce

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