Doddington Tower

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House, and also as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameDoddington Tower
Alternative NamesDelves Hall; Dodynton; Dodyngton
Historic CountryCheshire
Modern AuthorityCheshire
1974 AuthorityCheshire
Civil ParishDoddington

Fortified structure which is the only surviving building on the site of a moated manor probably built between 1365-1403. The tower is constructed of coursed sandstone with a slate roof, and is three storeys in height with a wall-walk above. The tower was free standing and probably intended as a place of refuge for the family. In early C17 the tower was incorporated into a range of domestic buildings of which nothing now survives. C17 house was demolished and replaced by a house built from 1777 by Samuel Wyatt. The tower was retained as a landscape feature and presumably was used as a gazebo or banqueting pavilion. (PastScape)

The owner of the manor, Sir John Delves obtained licence to crenellate 1365 and the surviving 3 storey pele tower is believed to have been the result of this. It is the only surviving structure on the site of a medieval moated manor house. In the 17th century the tower used to form one end of a Jacobean mansion. This building was demolished when the present mansion was built. The tower remained as a garden feature and at this time a 17th century staircase and 6 statues of The Black Prince, Audley and four Cheshire Knights was added. (Cheshire HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Sir John Delves obtained a licence to crenellate in 1364, his grandson and some other men obtained a licence for a tower in 1403. The tower is now free standing, but the Cheshire HER states it used to form one end of the Jacobean Mansion which could, conceivable, have been a replacement for a medieval hall. This would have made this a fortified solar or chamber tower attached to an unfortified hall, a form common in C14 northern England but rare elsewhere.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ708470
Latitude53.0196990966797
Longitude-2.43562006950378
Eastings370870
Northings347020
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Books

  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Lancashire and Cheshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 17
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 530
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 16
  • de Figueiredo, P. and Treuherz, J., 1988, Cheshire Country Houses (Chichester: Phillimore) p. 72
  • Cullen, P.W. and Hordern, R., 1986, Castles of Cheshire (Crossbow Books) p. 26
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 67
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus and Edward Hubbard, 1971, Buildings of England: Cheshire p. 198-199
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 2 p. 169-70 online copy
  • Ormerod, G., 1882 (2edn), History of the County Palatine and city of Chester (London) Vol. 3 p. 522, 524
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 219 online copy
  • Ormerod, G., 1819, History of the County Palatine and city of Chester (London) Vol. 3 p. 265-9 online copy

Journals

  • Bird, S. et al, 1996, Garden History Vol. 24 p. 167-83
  • Coulson, C., 1982, 'Hierarchism in Conventual Crenellation: An Essay in the Sociology and Metaphysics of Medieval Fortification' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 26 p. 95n2 download copy
  • Nares, 1953, Country Life Vol. 113 p. 344-8

Primary Sources

  • 1875, 36th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records app. 2 p. 143, 144, 148 see online copy (Chester Recognizance Roll, 38 & 39 Edw. III. m. 1d; 4 & 5 Hen. IV, m. 10d)

Other

  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk North West Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 2 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 2 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 2 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 20 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 20 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 17 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 North West (London: English Heritage) p. 27 online copy