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Peckforton Castle

OS grid ref:- SJ533580

Victorian Peckforton Castle was constructed between 1844 and 1851 in the style of a medieval castle, by John Tollemache, a wealthy Cheshire M.P.

Tollemache enlisted the services of the renowned architect, Anthony Salvin to assist with the design. The Gothic style was popular at the time and Salvin was the architect of many Gothic revival churches and of St Pancras Station. The castle boasts a gatehouse, a portcullis, a dry moat, external windows shaped as arrow slots, and large towers.The Tollemache family continued to live in the castle until 1939 which was the last time it was used as a family residence.

The red sandstone castle is situated close (0.75 miles -1 km) to medieval Beeston Castle and dominates the landscape from its imposing and prominent position at the north edge of the thickly wooded Peckforton Hills, a sandstone ridge running northeast-southwest across the Cheshire Plain. The hills form a significant part of the longer Mid Cheshire Ridge and provide panoramic views both east and west across a patchwork landscape.

Peckforton Castle has been the venue for a number of television programmes including Doctor Who and the 1991 film 'Robin Hood'.

A grade I listed building it was purchased in 2005 for five million pounds, Peckforton Castle now operates as a luxury hotel specialising in weddings, conferences and leisure breaks.

Beeston Castle

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