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MACCLESFIELD CASTLE

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A petition was sent to Richard II by John de Macclesfield to allow him to 'embattle and crenellate' a building in 1398. This fortified house was altered and extended during the 15th century but had been abandoned by 1585. A documentary source of this date refers to a square building with two wings and five turrets surrounded by a strong wall. By the early 20th century, all that remained was a ruined gate tower and part of the enclosing wall. These were revealed in 1932 when the site was sold and a number of later cottages, shops and works were removed. The gateway was thought to date from the reign of Henry VII. Plans to preserve it were unsuccessful.and it was dismantled soon after. Drawings of the remains were deposited with Macclesfield Town Council, and copies retained in the Society's archives.

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