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Hawarden Castle stands upon a rocky outcrop overlooking the main medieval access route from Chester into North Wales. Possibly the site of a fortified Iron Age ...
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Hawarden Castle stands upon a rocky outcrop overlooking the main medieval access route from Chester into North Wales. Possibly the site of a fortified Iron Age (or earlier) hillfort, the site was certainly settled by the Anglo-Saxons whose village was called Haordine (meaning high enclosure). Shortly after the Norman Conquest, a motte-and-bailey castle was constructed by Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester to the east of the current site. Initially an earth and timber structure this castle was held for Hugh by the Montalt family, his Stewards, who would retain ownership until the fourteenth century
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