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Manchester Castle

Hob Uid: 1386094
Location :
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SJ8390098900
Summary : A naturally defensible bluff at the confluence of the Rivers Irk and Irwell was the site of the manor house of the Greley family by the 13th century, and probably also of their castle, documented in 1184. Three concentric ditches encircling the promontory have been identified, two of them relating to the line of Long Millgate and anging Ditch, close to the present cathedral, and one running through the yard of Chetham's School and Library. The origins and exact course of each are open to conjecture, although it has been suggested that they may relate to the Norman castle, or possibly even the Saxon burh.
More information :

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Manchester
Source details :
Page(s) : 5
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Castle, Manor House, Ditch
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Sub Surface Deposit

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 89 NW 438
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, CHETHAM COLLEGE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1983-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, HANGING DITCH, CATHEDRAL YARD
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 1997-12-31