The Armada Beacon, Alderley Edge


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Bronze Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Cheshire East Council


Nether Alderley

Parliamentary Constituency


Grid Reference

SJ858858 (385846, 377732)

WGS84 Coordinates

53.2961, -2.21238

Nearest Postcode

SK10 4UB

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The remains of a beacon platform on the summit of Beacon Hill. The platform stands on an earthen mound, believed to have been a Bronze Age bowl barrow. The mound is 25 metres wide at its base and stands 3 metres high. The top of the mound was levelled for the construction of a stone building to support the beacon. This building was erected in the 16th century and restored in 1799 but was blown down in 1931. Only the foundations survive and are visible on the summit of the mound and scattered around its base. A stone memorial now stands on the mound, built of ashlar blocks probably reused from the 1799 restoration. A metal plaque set into the stone reads 'SITE OF ARMADA BEACON THIS RECORD IS THE GIFT OF A FRIEND OF ALDERLEY EDGE NOW IN CALIFORNIA 1961'. Scheduled.

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