Peckforton Castle is a Victorian country house built in the style of a medieval castle. Peckforton Castle is located in the woodland at the north end of Peckforton Hills, one-mile northwest of the village of Peckforton, Cheshire, England. Peckforton Castle is a designated Grade I listed building and a historical landmark that is a must-visit castle in Cheshire.
The History Behind Peckforton Castle
Peckforton Castle is riddled with history and adventure spread across 36,000 acres of sprawling green Cheshire countryside. The land on which Peckforton Castle is built was bought by John Tollemache in 1840. The plot of land included the villages of Peckforton and Beeston, as well as the rolling hills destined to house this grand project. Tollemache pictured his beautiful home to be made in the magnificent style of a medieval castle.
In Tollemache was awarded a Lordship in 1876, fathered an impressive 25 sons and one daughter and passed away in 1890. His family lived in Peckforton Castle until in 1939 when Lord Bentley left Peckforton Castle to live in Eastbourne. During the Second World War, Peckforton Castle was used to provide care and safety to the disabled evacuee children of Cheshire.
The Architecture of Peckforton Castle
Peckforton Castle is a faced with a red sandstone and has led, asphalt and tile roofs. The beautiful castle is mainly three storeys with a five-storey tower that staggers above it. The buildings of Peckforton Castle are arranged around a ward with the principal accommodation on the north side of it. The ward is surrounded by a dry moat which is bridged at the gatehouse.
Although Peckforton Castle has no formal garden, the bottom of the driveway was used as kitchen gardens. At one time, 17 gardeners were employed. Tollemache was awarded his Lordship in agriculture for this is exact reason.