Rochdale Castle

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Rochdale Castle is located in Greater Manchester
Rochdale Castle
Map showing the location of Rochdale Castle within Greater Manchester.

Rochdale Castle was a motte-and-bailey castle in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England (grid reference SD89121286).[1] It was built in the period shortly after the Norman conquest of England.[2] The motte is 100 feet (30 m) at the base; the bailey is rectangular and lies to the south and measures 120 feet (37 m) by 100 feet (30 m).[1] The defences consisted of an earth rampart and ditch. The castle was abandoned in the early 13th century.[1] It was documented in 1322.[3] Buildings have been erected over the castle bailey and in the 19th century a house was built on the motte.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Rochdale Castle". Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  2. ^ "Rochdale Castle". The Gatehouse - the comprehensive gazetteer of the medieval fortifications and castles of England and Wales. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  3. ^ Cathcart King (1983), p. 247.
  4. ^ Newman (2006), p. 140.
  • Cathcart King, David J. (1983). "Catellarium Anglicanum: An Index and Bibliography of the Castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume I: Anglesey–Montgomery". Kraus International Publications.
  • Newman, Caron (2006). "Medieval Period Resource Assessment". Archaeology North West. 8: 115–144. ISSN 0962-4201.

Coordinates: 53°36′43″N 2°09′52″W / 53.611987°N 2.164396°W / 53.611987; -2.164396