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Delves Hall

Hob Uid: 74464
Location :
Cheshire East
Doddington
Grid Ref : SJ7087047020
Summary : Fortified structure which is the only surviving building on the site of a moated manor probably built between 1365-1403. The tower is constructed of coursed sandstone with a slate roof, and is three storeys in height with a wall-walk above. The tower was free standing and probably intended as a place of refuge for the family. In the early/mid 17th century the tower was incorporated into a range of domestic buildings of which nothing now survives. The 17th century house was demolished circa 1777 and replaced by a house built from 1777 by Samuel Wyatt. The tower was retained as a landscape feature and presumably was used as a gazebo or banqueting pavilion.
More information : (SJ 70874702 Tower (NR) (remains of Castle) (NAT) (1)

(SJ 70874702) The Castle (NR) (2)

(SJ 70874702) The Castle (NAT) (3)

The Castle or Delves Hall may be the towerhouse of the mansion which Sir John Delves obtained licence to crenellate in 1365 or by John Delves, in 1403. Pevsner says that strictly speaking it is not a castle, but rather a North Country tower-house (peel) like Belsay (NZ 07 NE 6), with its typical embattled corner turrets and tunnel-vaulted ground floor. The first floor doorway is now reached by an outer staircase with Jacobean balustrading; the supporting pilasters of the stairway are decorated by carved effigies of the Black Prince, Audley and his four squires. These features and the balustrading originally came from the earlier Doddington Hall (probably 17th century) which was demolished circa 1777. Grade 1. (4-5)

The tower is a square sandstone building, three storeys high, with an original entrance at first floor level on the north side. Above this at second floor level, is evidence of an abutting roof line. The area around the tower is level and grass covered. (6)

As described. (7)

Listed by Cathcart King. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1882
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1909
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1968
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Crewe and Nantwich Cheshire. (September 1963)
Page(s) : 16
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Source Number : 5
Source : Cheshire
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Page(s) : 198-199
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JHW 23-AUG-61
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 TPW 29-SEP-64
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Source Number : 8
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Cheshire
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Vol(s) : Part 6
Source Number : 9
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built between 1365-1403.
Monument End Date : 1403
Monument Start Date : 1365
Monument Type : Tower House, Manor House, Moat
Evidence : Extant Building, Demolished Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Altered in the early/mid C17
Monument End Date : 1666
Monument Start Date : 1600
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building, Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Function change from 1777
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1777
Monument Type : Gazebo, Banqueting House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CH 43
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 57098
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 87349
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 74 NW 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 74 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1961-08-23
End Date : 1961-08-23
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 74 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-09-29
End Date : 1964-09-29
Associated Activities : Primary, INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14