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Turton Tower, Chapeltown, Near Bolton

In the early 1400s a Pele tower was built on a high commanding spot in Turton. It was a three story rectangular defendable structure, with four foot thick walls and narrow windows. This was a turbulent time with the possibility of raiders coming down … Continue reading

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Dalton Castle, Dalton in Furness

Dalton Castle is a 14th century Pele tower and was owned by the abbot of Furness Abbey. From here he would administer the law in the region of the Lordship of Furness, Lancashire North of the Sands. There would have been … Continue reading

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Bury Castle, Bury

  In 1469 Thomas Pilkington received a ‘license to crenellate’ from the king, which gave him permission to fortify his manor house. He built the structure that we know today as Bury Castle. It had castle like features-  a moat, an … Continue reading

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Penwortham Castle, near Preston

The motte of Penwortham Castle is a huge artificial mound, built by the Normans soon after their conquest of northern England. The wooden castle that stood here and lasted nearly two hundred years is long gone, but the site and the motte are well worth … Continue reading

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Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe, Ribble Valley

A castle may have existed in Clitheroe since 1102, predating the present one. This was a time of much strife in Lancashire- King William II and King Henry I (the sons of William the Conqueror),  had to contend with not only keeping the native Saxons … Continue reading

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