Shocklach Castle, Cheshire

Shocklach is one of the surprisingly few Welsh Border motte Castles of Cheshire.  The Earls of Chester held such a tight reign over their little kingdom that few Castles were needed and the free for all of Shropshire and Herefordshire which resulted in so many Castles there never occurred in Cheshire.

However, the far south was far enough away from Chester and Beeston, the two chief Castles of the Earls, that some motte Castles did find their way into the landscape.

Two Castles stand here, one Oldcastle, across the other side of the small road is a much overgrown motte, whereas this Castle is a larger enclosure type Castle and in far better condition.

It never seems to have possessed any stonework and was probably out of use quite early on. The Castle stands on private land but is visible from the road.

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