Shotwick Castle Motte and Bailey and Late Medieval Garden Remains


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Formal Garden

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Cheshire West and Chester Council


Shotwick Park

Parliamentary Constituency

City of Chester

Grid Reference

SJ349349 (334935, 370464)

WGS84 Coordinates

53.2269, -2.97475

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Late medieval garden remains at Shotwick Castle. At some time in the late medieval period the north western part of the site of the castle was formed into a series of water garden features and the bailey was sculpted into a formal garden with terraces and parterres. The moat may have been widened at the same time to make a further water feature for this garden scheme. Survey work by the former RCHME has confirmed that the surroundings of the castle are indeed a garden. A wide ditch cuts off the castle from its surrounding landscape on the eastern side. This is 35 metres wide and 2.5 metres deep. The stream valley on the north west of the site was considerably altered in the medieval period to form a water feature, including three pools with walkways created over a series of dams and on a spinal bank separating the water features from the moat along the north western edge of the site. Scheduled.

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