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posted 05-01-2006 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Devine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, folks,
As part of my ongoing project to research the Norman castles of Lancashire, I am now in the process of gathering as much information as I can about Clitheroe castle, Clitheroe. Located approximately 18 miles NE of Preston , Clitheroe stands as a fine example of a Norman stone keep castle (I have posted a few images in my "Castles of Lancashire" album in the archive photo gallery). It was constructed in 1186 by local Lord, Robert de Lacy, to defend his administrative centre. I would be extremely interested to hear from anyone who has any additional information about Clitheroe castle, as aside from the most general historical details, I have found little documentation describing the castle in any real depth. Therefore, any new background information would be much appreciated! Thank you.


posted 05-01-2006 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Do you have any of the Mike Salter booklets?
If not I'd give him a call on;
01684 565211.
His forementioned booklet on Lancashire & Cheshire does have some good information.
I'm also sure I saw some more information somewhere.
Andrew ... was there something in one of C.S.G Bulletins?
Blasted sure I saw something somewhere!
Will check out for you.

posted 05-01-2006 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Devine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, Peter,
Thanks for that. Though I've heard a great deal about Mike Salter's texts, I haven't actually got a copy, so I'll definitely look into that one. If you come across anything else relating to Clitheroe (or any other Lancashire castles) that might be of interest to me, please let me know as it's always appreciated. Thank you.


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posted 05-01-2006 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ElCid     Edit/Delete Message

You need to have a look at the current Castle Studies Group Journal (N0. 19). In there is an excellent paper on Clitheroe castle by Paul Adams and a good bibliography.

I think Paul was involved in the recent excavations and consolidation of the site. The above paper covers many new ideas on Clitheroe as well as a review of its history.

I think I read somewhere that they have secured a lottery grant to improve the presentation of the site to visitors. They don't do a bad job now on what are no doubt limited funds but there isn't a guide book to the castle in print and the on-site museum could do with a refresh.



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posted 05-02-2006 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
I found the following book on Clitheroe Castle.

"Clitheroe Castle" by David Best.
Carnegie Publishing Ltd., First Edition, 1990

posted 05-02-2006 05:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Cheers Peter ,
Knew I'd read something about the site.
Peter peter

paul adams
posted 06-09-2006 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul adams   Click Here to Email paul adams     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Devine,

Hope you've found all the info you need on Clitheroe Castle. If not please drop me a line.

ElCid, many thanks for your comments on my article.

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paul adams
posted 06-09-2006 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul adams   Click Here to Email paul adams     Edit/Delete Message
Here's my full bibliography, hope this helps. One point - Best's guidebook (1990) is fine for the historical account but his architectural description contains a few errors/misinterpretations. At the end of the day there's no better way to understand a monument than going out & taking a good long look at it ;-)

Ainsworth.C. Clitheroe From Burgage Plots To Boundary Stones. 2003

Armitage.E.S. The Early Norman Castles Of The British Isles. 1912

Best.D. Clitheroe Castle, A Guide. 1990

Cathcart King.D.J. The Castle In England And Wales: An Interpretative History. 1988

Clark. Medieval Military Architecture: volume one. 1884

Edwards.B.J.N. George Vertue’s Engraving Of Clitheroe Castle, Antiquaries Journal, lxiv, pages 366-372. 1984

Farrer.W & Brownbill.J. The Victoria County History Of The County Of Lancaster, Volume Two, pages 523-524. 1908

Fishwick.H. The Old Castles Of Lancashire, Transactions Of The Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Volume 19 pages 48-53. 1901

Gibson.L.I. Lancashire Castles and Towers. 1977

Jones.R.O. Clitheroe Castle. 1982

Jones.R.O. A New Look At Old Clitheroe. 1997

Langshaw.A. A Guide To Clitheroe Castle. 1947

Mackenzie.J.D. The Castles Of England Their Story And Structure. Volume 2. 1897

Renn.D. Norman Castles In Britain. 1968

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