Outer Walls, Beeston Castle, Beeston, Cheshire

Outer Walls, Beeston Castle, Beeston, Cheshire
Photograph taken 1987 © Ivan Lapper. Source Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J870182

This is a cutaway reconstruction drawing of archers in the wall towers at Beeston Castle. The towers were an important part of the castle's defences. From them archers could shoot arrows across the outer ditches and banks. Because there were several gaps to shoot from at differnt places in the walls they could create 'crossfire', giving them the best chance of hitting any attackers. Beeston Castle was built by Ranulf de Blunderville, sixth Earl of Chester, in c1220. It became a royal castle in 1237. It was strengthened by Edward I (1272-1307) who had the towers raised and crenellated. It was noted as a ruin in 1543. It was then partially demolished in 1646 by the Royalists, during the Civil War. It then became a popular destination for visitors as a 'romantic ruin'. This property is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more

Location

Cheshire Beeston

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

reconstruction drawing wall soldier castle attack defence royal civil war english heritage