Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Excavations by Laurence Keen & Peter Hough, 1968-85

BookBeeston Castle, Cheshire, Excavations by Laurence Keen & Peter Hough, 1968-85

Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Excavations by Laurence Keen & Peter Hough, 1968-85

Archaeological Reports, 23


February 15th, 2013

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These excavations, the first archaeological examination of the medieval fortress of Beeston Castle, showed conclusively that the site has been used since prehistory. Divided into two parts, the report first describes the site's occupation from the Mesolithic period to the thirteenth century. Discussions of the Late Bronze Age metalworking and pre-Iron Age crop-processing are supplemented by detailed descriptions of the flint, pottery and jewellery. The construction of the medieval castle in the fourteenth century opens the second part of the report, with a discussion of the historical and documentary background and the architectural evidence, supplemented with extensive discussions of the coins, pottery and glass. From the mid-fourteenth century the castle fell into disuse and was negelected until the Civil War, when it changed hands twice between the Royalists and Parliamentarians. The subsequent demolition of the castle sealed a large group of Civil War finds, among them fragments of a jack of plate armour, a collection of spurs, and a major group of clay pipes. Later in the seventeenth century the Outer Gateway was reoccupied for a short period. Many traces were recorded of the nineteenth-century fair held annually on the hilltop.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Front cover1
Half title page2
Title page3
Microfiche contents list5
List of illustration6
List of tables7
Chapter 1 – Introduction11
Part 1 – Prehistoric and Roman18
Chapter 2 – The excavations18
Chapter 3 – The finds40
Chapter 4 – Discussion of the prehistoric and Roman evidence86
Part 2 – Medieval and Post-medieval91
Chapter 5 – The castle: history and structure91
Chapter 6 – The excavations106
Chapter 7 – The finds130
Chapter 8 – Discussion of the medieval and post-medieval evidence209
Fold-out illustrations228
Fig 18228
Fig 19229
Fig 22230
Fig 23231