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THE CHAMBER IN THE FOREST

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In 1337, Edward the Black Prince authorised the construction of a new chamber (ie hunting lodge) to serve as an administrative centre for the royal Forest of Delamere. This was eventually constructed circa 1354. The building was disused as such or demolished by the mid-17thC but the locale continued to be known as The Chamber in the Forest until the mid 19th century. Deputations taken in 1652 to establish the exact site of the Chamber concurred that it had lain 'upon the hill' ie within Castle Ditch hillfort. Varley's excavations of 1935-8 exposed the remains of a 14/15th century building, possibly of two storeys, which can still be seen on the surface. The current name Merrick's Hill seems to have been used from the late 17th century onwards.

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