The castle became the property of the Crown and improvements were made to its defences. In 1399 Richard II is supposed to have hidden treasure somewhere within Beeston Castle before being captured by the future Henry IV. Some treasure was discovered and handed over to Henry but some believe that there is more treasure to be found and the well is suspected to be the most likely location.
During the English Civil war the castle was commanded by a group of Parliamentarians who believed the castle could not be captured. But several skilled Royalist managed to scale the sheer cliffs on the northern side and took the castle by surprise. The Royalists held the castle until the end of the war at which point the Parliamentarians took control of it and ordered that it should be destroyed, and it has remained in a ruined state ever since.
|Beeston Castle Key Facts|
|County||Cheshire (4 castles)|
|Categories||Stone / Cliff-top|
|Remains||Not complete but much survives|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|The view from the castle at the top of the hill is worth the climb. But take your time its a long way up.|
|1225||Beeston Castle construction|
|Returning from a spell crusading in the Holy Land, Ranulf, the fifth Earl of Cheshire started the construction of the castle at Beeston.|
|1237||Beeston Castle claimed by Henry|
|With the death of the last male heir of the Earldom of Cheshire, the earldom and castle at Beeston are claimed by Henry III. The castle was too important not to be in the hands of the crown.|
|1264||Beeston Castle occupied|
|During this year forces belonging to Simon de Montfort occupied and controlled the important Beeston Castle.|
|1399||Treasure found at Beeston Castle|
|In this year Beeson Castle, which had belonged to Richard II, was handed over to Henry IV. In the castle a hoard of Richard's treasure was found.|
|Early Modern Period (1500-1800)|
|1644||Beeston Castle under Royalist control|
|A Royalist army controlled Beeston Castle during 1644 and held out against a siege by a Parliamentarian army.|
|1645||Nov||Beeston falls to the Parliamentarians|
|The siege at Beeson Castle came to an end when the commander of the Royalists led his men out. The castle was deliberately damaged in 1644 so that it could not be used again.|
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