A motte and bailey castle was built here in 1070 overlooking the River Dee by Hugh D’ Avranches, also known as ‘The Wolf’. The castle he built possibly replaced an earlier Saxon burh.

Within a few years the keep was rebuilt in stone.

When the castle became crown property c.1237, considerable improvements to its defences were carried out by King Henry III and Edward I.

Chester Castle sustained serious damage during the civil war and by the 18th century it had

been allowed to fall into a state of decay.

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