Eddisbury Town Defences

Has been described as a Possible Urban Defence

There are earthwork remains

NameEddisbury Town Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCheshire
Modern AuthorityCheshire
1974 AuthorityCheshire
Civil ParishDelamere

Creighton and Higham write 'no significant above ground remains of former medieval town defences or gates at …Eddisbury' Presumable this is the C10 burghal fort built with an Iron Age hill fort, which is Bond's list of 'New Anglo-Saxon burghal forts of no later urban significance'.

Gatehouse Comments

In 914 AD Eddisbury is documented as a Saxon burh, although it was probably only short-lived since there was no mint there. However, the hillfort has considerable above ground remains and Creighton and Higham may be referring to something else though it is unclear as to what.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ553693
Latitude53.2185516357422
Longitude-2.66902995109558
Eastings355320
Northings369330
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Books

  • Salter, Mike, 2013, Medieval Walled Towns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 157 (slight)
  • Purton, P.F., 2009, A History of the Early Medieval Siege c. 450-1220 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press) p. 92
  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 266
  • Cocroft, W.D. et al, 1989, 'Castle Ditch hillfort, Eddisbury, Cheshire, reconsidered : the excavations of 1935-38 in the light of recent field survey' in Bowden, M. et al (eds), From Cornwall to Caithness: some aspects of British field archaeology: papers presented to Norman V. Quinnell p. 129-35
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • Harris, B.E. and Thacker, A.T. (eds), 1987, VCH Cheshire Vol. 1 p. 250, 288
  • Dodgson, J.McN., 1971, The Place-Names of Cheshire, Part 3 (English Place-Name Society 46) p. 213
  • Turner, H.L., 1971, Town Defences in England and Wales (London) p. 204
  • Ormerod, G., 1819, History of the County Palatine and city of Chester (London) Vol. 2 p. 1, 3 online copy

Journals

  • Varley, W.J., 1950, 'Excavations of the castle ditch, Eddisbury, 1935-1938' Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire Vol. 102 p. 1-68
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 201 (Clark wrongly presumed a mound here) online copy