Information from English Heritage handbook
What a defensive position! Beeston Castle stands high up a hill on a prominent crag overlooking a flat area of Cheshire land, the Cheshire Plain. It consists of an outer wall with a gate house and an inner wall and castle.
It was built by Norman Lord Ranulf de Blondeville ( B 1170 - 1232 ) in the 13th Century. It has a deep rock cut ditch, one of the deepest wells in the country and views which spread far away over to Wales.
Archaeologists have found evidence of a fortification on this site since prehistoric times and evidence suggests there was metal working here during the Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Ranulf built the castle in the 1220s, the castle passed to the king in 1240s. Despite being in disrepair it was refortified during the English Civil War and demolished as a Royalist castle when the English King Charles was beheaded. England became a "republic" and the monarchy abolished. Beeston became a quaint popular ruin popular with visitors in Victorian times.