Beeston, Cheshire is a small village in Chesire and is considered a civil parish. Beeston is located in the north of England and is just 10 km south of Cheshire. The village remains small today,with just 188 residents as of 2011.
Beeston remains a small village today. The history of Beeston, Cheshire is sparse, with little known about the surrounding area. The location’s most “historic” part is the site of Beeston Castle, which is a nearby clifftop ruin and is now in the care of English Heritage.
The castle was described in the 1870s as an isolated sandstone rock.
The view of Cheshire vale was described in great detail, with the writer calling the view charming. The castle, originally built as a fortress, was erected in 1228 by the famous Ranulphde Blundeville. The castle was built when Blondeville, the 6th Earl of Chester returned from the Crusades.
The Crusades were religious wars that the Latin Church sanctioned in medieval times.
Blondeville would remain the owner of the castle until his death in 1232. The time period between 1232 and 1237 remain somewhat of a mystery. We know that Henry III would take ownership of the castle in 1237 and kept the castle in good repair during his lifetime.
The castle, the focal point of Beeston, would remain in good repair until the 16th century when the country decided to stop using the castle for military use.
Beeston Castle would go back into military service in 1643 during the English Civil War, which changed the castle forever. The war led to the partial destruction of the castle. The order to attack the castle came from Cromwell, who issued a destruction order against the castle to ensure that it could not be used as a stronghold any longer.
The castle, today, lays in ruins.
There are rumors that Richard II’s treasures remain on the castle grounds waiting for someone to find them. Searches of the area have turned up no evidence to these claims, and the area was used as a quarry in the 18th century.
Pre-history does give us a clue as to the area considered Beeston crag. The crag, or hills that spread across Cheshire Plain, date back to the 4th century BC. There is some evidence that the site of the castle was inhabited at this time and acted as a gathering place
Archeologists have found flint arrow heads from the Neolithic era in the area as well as an Iron Age fort and some evidence of human activity in Beeston during the Bronze Age.