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Description: Mow Cop Castle (That Part in Staffordshire)
Date Listed: 22 April 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 273340
OS Grid Reference: SJ8574957354
OS Grid Coordinates: 385749, 357354
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1132, -2.2143
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KIDSGROVE C.P. HIGH STREET (east
SJ 85 NE side)
2/56 Mow Cop Castle (that
part in Staffordshire)
Ruinous folly built as a summer house. 1754 for Randle Wilbraham of
Rode Hall, Cheshire. Coursed and squared sandstone. Round tower to
north with ground floor and ruinous upper floor, and arch and broken
walling to the south. Cheshire front: round tower at left with two
porthole windows to the ground floor. Row corbels above this and one
pointed arch at left. To right of the tower is a pointed arch, and
at right again a further piece of ruinous walling with a low porthole
window and half of a blocked pointed arch. The Staffordshire side has
a porthole window at right of the round tower and a pointed arched doorway
at left; a row of corbels dividing the floors and two pointed arches
to the first floor with a corbel table below the parapet. Pointed arch
to left of this and rectangular surround to the sunken porthole window
in the left hand walling. The round tower was originally less ruinous
and had Y-tracery to the pointed windows and a conical roof, and served
as a summerhouse for the Wilbrahams and the Sneyds, a neighbouring family
of Staffordshire Landowners. In the late C18 the first meeting of the
Primitive Methodists were held below the castle. The castle was built
on the county boundary and one half falls within the civil parish of
Ode Rode, Cheshire (q.v.).
Listing NGR: SJ8574957354
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Source: English Heritage
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