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"Inside Chartley Castle" Uttoxeter Off The Beaten Path Tip by masc4s

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On the summit of an artificial hill stands the remains of Chartley Castle, built in 1220 by Ranulph Blundeville, Earl of Chester, who died without issue. The castle, together with the extensive estates on its land, passed to one of his sisters, who passed them in marriage to William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby.

The new owners later built a more suitable half-timbered style mansion but the greater portion of it was destroyed by fire in 1781. Soon afterwards another smaller house was erected near the same site, but it was also destroyed by fire in 1847 and has since been rebuilt

Mary Queen of Scots suffered part of her long imprisonment at Chartley, where there is still a preserved a chair cover and a set of bed curtains said to have been embroidered by her hands.

The remains of the ancient castle consist primarily of the fragments of two massive round towers. I wanted to get close up so l could feel the atmosphere of what life might be like 450 years ago. To see the views from where Mary Queen of Scots saw them and to scramble over the castle ramparts and touch the stone walls.

Probably sounds crackers to some who’s not into history and how life was in centuries gone by but to me it was thrilling. Sadly there’s not much left of the castle today. It’s sad that the authorities can let a historic building deteriorate in this way.

It’s worth a visit to see the historical bits of the site that’s still left.

othercontact: Uttox Heritage Centre

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2004
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